Owner’s pride, neighbor’s envy

Skoda is on a roll with launches and announcements these days, especially vehicles with raised stances. This time, the Czech automaker has released the first teaser images of the Kodiaq GT. Oh yes, it gets the GT moniker. The Kodiaq GT is like the super-sexy, alter-ego version of the Kodiaq, but there’s a catch; the SUV is exclusive to China only.

The Kodiaq GT is Unmistakably Skoda

This Teaser for the Chinese-Only Skoda Kodiaq GT Makes us Jealous
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The three design sketches released by Skoda match with the Kodiaq Coupe spy shots that have been doing rounds.

The Kodiaq GT gets a split 12-slat front grille and a mesh grille right under it. The aggressive-looking headlamps and LED daytime running lights are housed in the same unit, while the fog lamps are placed close to the headlamps; much higher than the usual placement. It also comes with a sloping roofline, which gives the Kodiaq GT a sporty look but will affect the headroom at the rear. A sunroof is also present. Apart from a few touches, the Kodiaq GT looks very much similar to the standard Kodiaq.

As for the interiors, the most visible difference is the pair of sporty seats that are on offer. Apart from this, everything else looks similar; however, the Kodiaq GT might get more customization options.

This Teaser for the Chinese-Only Skoda Kodiaq GT Makes us Jealous
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Under the hood, it will be offered with a single 2.0-liter TSI turbo engine in two different states of tune - one with 186 horses and the other with 200 ponies. Power will be sent to the front wheel as standard, but an optional all-wheel-drive system will also be available. All the models will be paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Conclusion

This Teaser for the Chinese-Only Skoda Kodiaq GT Makes us Jealous
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The Kodiaq GT will most probably debut next month at the 2018 Chengdu Auto Show.

The Kodiaq GT will be Skoda’s fourth offering in the People’s Republic of China, and perhaps, even the costliest.

The other three cars that sell there are the Koraq, standard Kodiaq, and the Kamiq, which is again exclusive to China. Skoda explains that this second exclusive SUV for China shows the company’s commitment to the local market. Sales are expected to begin by the end of this year. Did you like the styling of the new Kodiaq and should the Kodiaq GT come to Europe and the U.S.? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

2017 Skoda Kodiaq High Resolution Exterior
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Read our in-depth review of the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq

2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS Exterior
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Read our review of the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS

› Design sketches show exclusive coupé version of ŠKODA KODIAQ for the Chinese market
› The dynamic profile of the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT is defined by a sloping roofline
› SUV offensive is important part of the ŠKODA SUV-Offensive in China
Mladá Boleslav, 15 October 2018 – ŠKODA allows first view of future top model of the design sketches of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ GT in the Chinese market. The dynamic coupé version of big SUV ŠKODA KODIAQ will be exclusively available in China. In the meantime, China will be the only market in which ŠKODA offers a total of four SUV models with KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ and KODIAQ GT.

As the design sketches show, all lines are clearly and precisely designed, the coupé-like side line gives the new ŠKODA KODIAQ GT a sporty and dynamic profile. The coupé-version of large SUV that differentiates it from the KODIAQ is its rear section. Behind the front doors, the roofline gently slopes down, merging into an angled tailgate. As the first SUV coupé in the Czech car maker’s model portfolio, the KODIAQ GT will serve as the new flagship model in China, and be a key driver of the brand’s image.

China – the worldwide largest market for ŠKODA
The SUV offensive is a key pillar of Strategy 2025, along with electromobility and digitalisation. In China, where the new ŠKODA KODIAQ GT in addition to ŠKODA KAMIQ will actually be the second exclusive ŠKODA SUV on the market, this segment offers a particular potential for growth. Even today, Chinese market is the world’s biggest market for ŠKODA. Every fourth ŠKODA vehicle is currently delivered to China. According to a five-year plan, laid out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the Czech Republic, more than two billion euros will be invested in the expansion of the SUV portfolio and the development of alternative-drive ŠKODA vehicles.

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