The large seven-seat SUV was first to cross the finish line on the famous Champs-Élysées.

Signaling Skoda’s forthcoming global SUV campaign, the Kodiaq led the peloton during the 21st round of Tour de France and behind the wheel was none other than Stephen Roche, the tour’s winner in 1987 and a Skoda brand ambassador. As you would imagine, he had nothing but kind words to say about the vehicle, praising the Kodiaq for its roominess, ride quality, and how it “responds to all your commands with a high degree of precision.”

With the Kodiaq set to receive its premiere on September 1st in Berlin, the prototype that showed up during Tour de France was obviously camouflaged. It had a predominately red disguise to mimic the Corrida Red Superb which served as the official lead car during all 21 stages. As a sponsor of the competition, Skoda provided approximately 250 support and escort vehicles along with more than 50 team cars.

Skoda Kodiaq at Tour de France

Getting back to the Kodiaq, the Czech automaker has not disclosed any new details about the high-riding model. We do know from previous press releases the large SUV is going to be offered with an optional seven-seat layout and will be 4.7-meters long. Unsurprisingly, the Kodiaq is going to have the most generous cargo capacity in its class, with up to 2,065 liters with the second- and third-row seats folded.

Three turbocharged gasoline and two diesel engines will be available upon launch and some of these will work with an all-wheel-drive system. Depending on engine selection, customers will get to pick from a six-speed manual gearbox and a DSG, while at an additional cost the Kodiaq will be offered with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) as seen in the 2017 Octavia and the flagship Superb.

Following its Berlin reveal, the seven-seat SUV from VW’s Czech brand will show up in Paris a month later before going on sale early 2017.

Source: Skoda

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