Sharp and sleek shapes in de­but SUV

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

AHEAD of its world pre­miere on Septem­ber in Ber­lin, Skoda has re­vealed im­ages of the Ko­diaq, its new, large SUV model. They give an im­pres­sion of how Škoda will trans­fer the brand’s new ex­pres­sive de­sign lan­guage into the SUV seg­ment.

The Skoda Ko­diaq aims to im­press: the wide, three-di­men­sional ra­di­a­tor grille gives the Ko­diaq a strik­ing pres­ence.

In com­bi­na­tion with the nar­row, raked head­lights, which are avail­able with full-LED tech­nol­ogy for the first time, the brand’s first large SUV will be in­stantly recog­nis­able on the road.

The side and rear views are also sharp: the doors are ath­let­i­cally shaped and the tail­gate is ex­pres­sively sculp­tured. The rear lights, with LED tech­nol­ogy as stan­dard, shine in the typ­i­cal Skoda C-shape.

As one would ex­pect from a Skoda, the Ko­diaq of­fers an ex­cep­tional amount of space, with a ca­pac­ity of 720 to 2,065 litres (with the rear seats folded down), of­fer­ing the largest boot within its class. For first time ever, Skoda will of­fer a seven-seat op­tion.

Us­ing the po­si­tion of the seats and an­gle ad­just­ment, Ko­diaq can be adapted to of­fer a wide range of seat­ing and load­ing so­lu­tions. With the front pas­sen­ger seat down, the car can trans­port items up to 2.9 me­tres long.

The lat­est driver as­sis­tance sys­tems en­sure im­proved safety and com­fort. Area View, us­ing sur­round-view cam­eras with wide-an­gle lenses at the front and the rear as well as in the wing mir­rors, dis­plays var­i­ous views of the car’s im­me­di­ate sur­round­ings on the in-car mon­i­tor. These in­clude a vir­tual top-down view and 180-de­gree pic­tures from the ar­eas to the front and rear.

Tow As­sist is also new to the range: when tow­ing, the sys­tem takes 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 Skoda Con­nect mo­bile on­line ser­vices are another in­no­va­tion. They are di­vided into two cat­e­gories: the In­fo­tain­ment On­line ser­vices en­sure more in­for­ma­tion and nav­i­ga­tion in real time, and the Care Con­nect ser­vices pro­vide re­mote ac­cess as well as as­sis­tance.

The cen­tre­piece of the Care Con­nect ser­vices is the emer­gency call fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent: if an airbag is ac­ti­vated, a so-called Emer­gency Call (e-Call) au­to­mat­i­cally con­nects to an emer­gency call cen­tre.

The Skoda Ko­diaq will cel­e­brate its world pre­miere on Septem­ber 1 in Ber­lin.

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