Largest Skoda SUV will have small en­gine

The Bay Chronicle - - MOTORING -

All Ko­diaq mod­els have au­to­mated dual-clutch gear­boxes (DSG in VW/Skoda-speak): sixspeeds for the TSI mod­els and a seven-cog shifter for the TDI.

Tow rat­ings are 1.8 tonnes for the FWD and two tonnes for the 4WDs.

‘‘NZ has a rav­en­ous ap­petite for SUVs, and we’re see­ing un­prece­dented lev­els of in­ter­est,’’ says Skoda NZ gen­eral man­ager Greg Leet.

‘‘With SUVs ac­count­ing for 52 per cent of new car sales last year, we’re look­ing for­ward to go­ing head-to-head with the big vol­ume mod­els.’’

The Ko­diaq’s en­try price is $2000 less than the smaller VW Tiguan with the same en­gine. The long- wheel­base Tiguan Allspace sev­enseater, which is closely re­lated to the Ko­diaq, is yet to be launched here. But it’ll be even more ex­pen­sive.

All Ko­diaq mod­els get a power tail­gate (Vir­tual Pedal re­mo­teopen­ing is stan­dard on Style, $645 on Am­bi­tion), Cli­ma­tronic air con­di­tion­ing, phone pro­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy for Ap­ple and An­droid, Front As­sist au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing with Pedes­trian Mon­i­tor, full LED head­lights and park­ing radar front and rear (with cam­era).

The Am­bi­tion+ fea­tures full leather up­hol­stery with heated front seats, three-zone air-con, an in­te­grated SIM card slot for in-car wi-fi and cus­tomis­able mood light­ing.

The flag­ship Style gets adap­tive cruise con­trol, self-park­ing, blindspot warn­ing, lane-as­sist, 19-inch wheels and adap­tive chas­sis tech­nol­ogy. All are avail­able as op­tions on the Am­bi­tion ver­sions.

Skoda has also gone all-out with its sig­na­ture ‘sim­ply clever’ de­sign ethos. The Ko­diaq’s sur­prise-and­de­light fea­tures in­clude door-edge pro­tec­tors that au­to­mat­i­cally pop out, cupholder grips that al­low you to open bot­tles one-handed, an in­te­grated um­brella and a re­mov­able LED torch.

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