Ready to bare claws

Skoda takes a typ­i­cally sin­gu­lar route into SUV ter­ri­tory with the pow­er­ful but nim­ble Ko­diaq, writes John Carey

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - First Drive -

BEAR by name, not bare by na­ture; when the Ko­diaq ar­rives next year it will come richly equipped and ready to claw sales from bet­ter-known brands.

Named af­ter the world’s largest brown bear, this good­look­ing SUV from Skoda is the brand’s big­gest and best chance to date to at­tract the at­ten­tion of Aus­tralian buy­ers.

There will be five-seaters fit­ted with small en­gines, man­ual trans­mis­sions and front-wheel drive in Skoda’s Czech Repub­lic fac­tory — but they won’t be head­ing our way.

Skoda Aus­tralia has de­cided to im­port only seven-seat ver­sions of the Ko­diaq. They will come equipped with the largest and most pow­er­ful en­gines Skoda has to of­fer, seven-speed dou­ble-clutch au­to­mat­ics and all-wheel drive.

The Ko­diaq will go on sale in Aus­tralia next July. Its price will be de­cided closer to that time, as will the stan­dard equip­ment list.

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