Skoda Kodiaq Leaked Online Before Official Debut
The company’s second crossover breaks cover earlier than expectedby Ciprian Florea, on
The 2016 Paris Motor Show is just around the corner with tons of brand-new cars, including the Skoda Kodiaq, the Czech company’s second crossover after the Yeti. As it is often the case, the crossover surfaced the Interwebz earlier than planned through a handful of leaked photos. Granted, it’s not like the Kodiaq was much of a mystery having already seen the VisionS concept and with test cars already on the road, but now we can get a better glimpse at the production model we’ll find in showrooms in 2017.
As expected, the SUV is a toned down version of the concept, featuring an exterior design closer to Skoda’s current vehicles. Sure, there are plenty of new styling cues that will redefine upcoming vehicles, but the Kodiaq is highly recognizable as a Skoda and shares some features with the Octavia and Superb sedans. The front grille, which many argue that it looks to similar to Kia’s "tiger nose" design, is very similar to the Octavia’s, but comes with redesigned vertical slats and a solid center piece. The headlamps have a more aggressive design and extend into the grille’s chrome frame, while the foglamps are no longer mounted in the bumper, which received a new intake that’s nearly as wide as the car.
The taillights are also unique to this model, becoming slimmer as they advance toward the license plate. The tailgate has a big crease right in the middle, giving the rear end an exotic look. Like many modern SUVs, the Kodiaq features muscular fenders, big wheel arches, and sturdy side skirts and rear bumper. Big wheels, large side windows, and roof rails complete the picture.
Overall, the Kodiaq looks like a solid crossover, and its interior isn’t bad either given the large infotainment screen and seemingly good fit and finish. But we will find out more about Skoda’s new SUV as it makes its debut at the Paris Motor Show, so make sure you stay tuned for details and check out our full review here.
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Why it matters
It’s no longer surprising that upcoming cars surface the Web before their official debut, and this good news for us enthusiast fellows that want to have a good look at certain models earlier than expected. Of course, there is still much to know about the Kodiaq — facts about the drivetrain and comfort features, among others — but these leaked photos confirm that the SUV is quite the looker and the Skoda did a good job inside and out.
Read our full review on the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq here.