Ready to bare claws
Skoda takes a typically singular route into SUV territory with the powerful but nimble Kodiaq, writes John Carey
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.