The ad­ven­ture be­gins: New Škoda Ko­diaq by spring next year

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

• ŠKODA Ko­diaq UK spec­i­fi­ca­tion: four trim levels from launch

• S, SE, SE L and Edi­tion mod­els avail­able from launch

• High equip­ment levels across 24 model launch range

• Al­loy wheels, touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tems and air­con­di­tion­ing stan­dard

• Five en­gine op­tions from launch, with 4x4 and DSG trans­mis­sions avail­able

• ŠKODA Con­nect avail­able across the range •

First de­liv­er­ies ex­pected April 2017

The all-new ŠKODA Ko­diaq have been an­nounced ahead of its ex­pected show­room de­but early next year. ŠKODA’s first ever seven-seater SUV will be avail­able from launch in four trim levels, five en­gine op­tions, two and four-wheel drive, and a choice of man­ual or DSG gear­boxes.

Set­ting a new bench­mark for value

The Ko­diaq will be avail­able in 24 dif­fer­ent vari­ants when order books open in No­vem­ber. The range com­prises three fa­mil­iar trims; S, SE and SE L along with a new Edi­tion grade that cel­e­brates the ar­rival of the brand’s first ever seven-seater SUV.

S

The range starts with the S model that de­spite its en­try level sta­tus and low price tag is brim­ming with stan­dard equip­ment. The spec­i­fi­ca­tion list in­cludes LED day­time run­ning lights, 17-inch Ratikon al­loy wheels, leather mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel and man­ual air-con­di­tion­ing. S mod­els also fea­ture Front As­sist, KESSY Go, Swing touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio and SmartLink for seam­less smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity. The S model is avail­able with a 1.4 TSI 125PS en­gine only.

SE

SE mod­els are avail­able with a broad range of en­gine and trans­mis­sion op­tions (see ta­ble for avail­abil­ity). Stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion in­cludes 18-inch El­brus al­loy wheels, sun­set glass, cruise con­trol and rear park­ing sen­sors. Cus­tomers also ben­e­fit from a Bolero touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with eight-inch dis­play, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol, rain and light sen­sors and auto-dim­ming rear view mirrors. Seven seats are avail­able as an op­tion in SE trim.

SE L

Fur­ther up the range, SE L mod­els start fea­ture a gen­er­ous spec­i­fi­ca­tion list. Among the equip­ment high­lights are seven seats, which now be­come stan­dard, pow­ered tail­gate, 19-inch Sir­ius al­loy wheels, and Colum­bus nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem with WiFi. Drive Mode Select, Al­can­tara up­hol­stery, heated front seats and full LED head­lights are also in­cluded as stan­dard on all SE L mod­els.

Edi­tion

Top­ping the range from launch is a new Edi­tion trim grade. Cre­ated to show­case the Ko­diaq’s ex­cep­tional range of equip­ment, Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes 19inch Triglav al­loy wheels, seven seats, leather up­hol­stery, metal­lic paint and chrome roof rails. Tech­nol­ogy fea­tures in­clude Lane As­sist, High Beam As­sist, wire­less charg­ing and phone box, and Blind spot de­tec­tion.

De­sign

Fully in­te­grat­ing ŠKODA’s cel­e­brated de­sign lan­guage, the Ko­diaq’s ex­te­rior neatly com­bines el­e­gant lines, sporty con­tours and a feel­ing of ro­bust­ness. Built on the Volk­swa­gen Group’s mod­u­lar trans­verse ma­trix (MQB), the Ko­diaq is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall (in­clud­ing roof rails), while the wheel­base mea­sures 2,791 mm.

Al­though the Ko­diaq is a com­pletely new model, it is un­mis­tak­ably a ŠKODA. The styling is char­ac­terised by clear, pre­cise and clean-cut lines – typ­i­fied by a dis­tinc­tive, highly re­cessed shoul­der line. Dou­ble hor­i­zon­tal lines on the front con­vey a feel­ing of pro­tec­tion and strength while the wide, three-di­men­sional ra­di­a­tor grille is framed on ei­ther side by a pair of raked dou­ble head­lights.

The in­te­rior in­cludes bold ver­ti­cal el­e­ments, such as the four large air vents and the large dis­play that splits the in­stru­ment panel into two equal sec­tions for the driver and pas­sen­ger.

While the Ko­diaq is just 40 mm longer than the Oc­tavia, it of­fers a larger-than-av­er­age in­te­rior for the SUV seg­ment. The in­te­rior length is 1,793 mm, el­bow room is 1,527 mm in the front and 1,510 mm in the rear. Head room is 1,020 mm in the front and 1,014 mm in the rear.

Rear legroom mea­sures up to 104 mm. The mid­dle seat row can be folded 60:40, fea­tures in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justable back­rests and can slide length­ways by 18 cm as stan­dard. The third row of seats can be folded neatly into the floor space to cre­ate a larger load area. And with a vol­ume of 720 to 2,065 litres (5-seater with the rear seats folded down), the ŠKODA Ko­diaq of­fers the largest boot within its class.

As buy­ers have come to ex­pect from ŠKODA, the Ko­diaq is brim­ming with Sim­ply Clever fea­tures de­signed to make life on board even eas­ier. These in­clude a new door-edge pro­tec­tion sys­tem that de­ploys au­to­mat­i­cally when open­ing the door. When shut­ting the door, the trim folds it­self back in. In to­tal, more than 30 Sim­ply Clever fea­tures have been in­te­grated into the new Ko­diaq, seven of which are com­pletely new.

New levels of con­nec­tiv­ity

ŠKODA Con­nect makes its de­but on the Ko­diaq and is di­vided into two cat­e­gories:

In­fo­tain­ment On­line ser­vices that pro­vide more in­for­ma­tion and real-time nav­i­ga­tion de­tails.

Care Con­nect - that pro­vides re­mote ac­cess as well as as­sis­tance.

In­fo­tain­ment On­line in­cludes on­line traf­fic in­for­ma­tion, Google Earth and Google Street View, fuel prices, park­ing in­for­ma­tion, on­line news, weather in­for­ma­tion and ‘My Points of In­ter­est’ ser­vices.

Care Con­nect fea­tures an eCall emer­gency call sys­tem that is trig­gered af­ter an ac­ci­dent, along with a no­ti­fi­ca­tion func­tion for

mi­nor ac­ci­dents as well as a break­down call. Proac­tive Ser­vice is also in­cluded in the Care Con­nect ser­vices. When this is ac­ti­vated, all of the re­quired data is sent to the garage in a timely man­ner be­fore a ve­hi­cle’s ser­vice.

Also in­cluded is Care Con­nect Re­mote Ac­cess. In­te­grated with the ŠKODA Con­nect app, it can be used to ac­cess and con­trol ad­di­tional ser­vices and al­lows routes to be trans­ferred from home to the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem in the car.

For the first year of own­er­ship, Care Con­nect is in­cluded on all trim levels, and In­fo­tain­ment On­line is fit­ted to all ve­hi­cles spec­i­fied with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems.

Driver as­sis­tance sys­tems

The new Ko­diaq is avail­able with the broad­est range of driver as­sis­tance sys­tems ever of­fered in a ŠKODA. These in­clude new-to­brand sys­tems such as Trailer As­sist that can take over steer­ing when re­vers­ing slowly. Ad­di­tion­ally, while re­vers­ing, the new Ma­noeu­vre As­sist will brake as soon as an ob­sta­cle is de­tected be­hind the ve­hi­cle.

The Area View sys­tem is also a first for the brand. Wide an­gle sur­round-view cam­eras lo­cated in the front and rear, as well as the door mirrors, al­low views of the area im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing the car to be dis­played on the in­fo­tain­ment screen. These in­clude a vir­tual, top-down view and 180-de­gree im­ages to the front and rear.

Other sys­tems in­te­grated into the Ko­diaq in­clude Front As­sist in­clud­ing City Emer­gency Brake (stan­dard on all mod­els), Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol (ACC), Lane As­sist, Blind Spot De­tect and Rear Traf­fic Alert. Safety sys­tems in­clude Driver Alert, Emer­gency As­sist (DSG only), Crew Pro­tect As­sist, Multi-Col­li­sion Brake and Travel As­sist with Traf­fic Sign Recog­ni­tion.

En­gines and trans­mis­sions

The Ko­diaq launches in the UK with a choice of five en­gines; three petrol and two diesel. Power out­puts range from 125PS to 190PS, with cus­tomers able to choose be­tween two or four­wheel drive and man­ual or DSG trans­mis­sions. All en­gines fea­ture Stop-Start sys­tem, brake en­ergy re­cov­ery and a pow­er­ful ther­mo­man­age­ment sys­tem that con­trib­utes to low con­sump­tion.

The petrol line-up con­sists of two 1.4 TSI units, one with an out­put of 125PS and an­other with 150PS and ACT (Ac­tive Cylin­der Tech­nol­ogy). The former is avail­able in two-wheel drive man­ual form only, while the 150PS ver­sion can be spec­i­fied with a man­ual 4x4 trans­mis­sion, two-wheel drive DSG and 4x4 DSG. The range-top­ping 2.0 TSI petrol unit delivers 180PS and drives through a seven-speed DSG 4x4 trans­mis­sion.

The diesel line-up fea­tures a pair of 2.0 TDI units with out­puts of 150PS and 190PS. The 150PS ver­sion can be spec­i­fied with a man­ual 4x4 trans­mis­sion, twowheel drive DSG and 4x4 DSG, while the 190PS unit is fit­ted with a seven-speed DSG 4x4 trans­mis­sion only.

The Ko­diaq’s all-wheel-drive sys­tem with elec­tronic con­trol delivers ex­cep­tional trac­tion, sta­bil­ity and driv­ing safety in all con­di­tions. At the heart of the sys­tem is an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled multi-plate clutch that op­er­ates in­tel­li­gently and quickly. The con­trol unit con­stantly cal­cu­lates the ideal driv­ing torque for the rear axle. Loss of trac­tion is vir­tu­ally elim­i­nated due to a con­trol sys­tem that is de­pen­dent on driv­ing sta­tus. When in over­run or at low load, drive is via the front axle, which saves fuel.

Off-road mode can be selected by the sim­ple touch of a but­ton (op­tional for the all-wheel-drive ver­sions in com­bi­na­tion with Driv­ing Mode Select). Here, the chas­sis, en­gine man­age­ment and brakes ad­just their op­er­a­tion specif­i­cally to rough ter­rain. This mainly in­volves pulling away, trac­tion and de­cel­er­a­tion. In off-road mode, Hill Des­cent As­sist helps the driver to safely mas­ter driv­ing down­hill over rough ter­rain by brak­ing ap­pro­pri­ately.

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