Is the mechanical twin of the VW Tiguan.
Later this year, Skoda will add a second crossover to its line-up. Previously rumoured to be called Skoda Snowman or Skoda Polar, an Autobild report said that the name 'Skoda Kodiak' had been chosen. The Skoda Kodiak will be the mechnical twin and cheaper alternative to the VW Tiguan XL set to arrive next year. While test mules of production prototypes are yet to appear on the streets, a speculative rendering from Autobild previews how the crossover's front fascia may look like.
The Skoda Kodiak will be a D-segment 7-seat crossover that will compete with the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan X-Trail, as well as the upcoming Renault Koleos successor also arriving later this year. Like the VW Tiguan XL, the Skoda Kodiak will also be based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten or Modular Transverse Toolkit) platform, and is the third Skoda model to be supported by it.
According to a report released last month, the Skoda Kodiak will be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. It is expected to be offered with 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines in varying outputs in global markets.
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Additionally, in Europe, Skoda may offer a 1.6-litre TDI four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine as well. Transmission choices should include 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG and 7-speed DSG. The global-spec version will be built at the company's Kvasiny plant in Czech Republic.
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