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Skoda looks to inject life into its lineup with a production version of the VisionS concept

After months of teasing us with images of the new Kodiaq Skoda has finally spilled the beans. Of course, photos of the car were leaked a little before the official debut, but now we finally have all the fine details. As Skoda’s second crossover after the Yeti, and with all the hype that has come before it, the Kodiaq has some pretty big shoes to fill. Offered at launch with the choice of five different engines, three different transmissions, an elegant interior, and a sharp exterior, it shouldn’t have too much of a problem filling its role.

The Kodiaq is pretty elegant and sporty, and it needs to be, considering it competes against the likes of the Mercedes GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and – as far as price and power goes – the BMW X3. Highlights about the car include a luxurious and functional interior, seating for seven, and some DNA from the Skoda VisionS that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at the all-new Skoda Kodiaq and why Mercedes, Audi, and even BMW should be worried.

Updated 09/01/2016: Skoda dropped the official details on the new Kodiaq with just one month before its official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

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Here are Offical Shots of the China-Only Kodiaq GT and Leaked Images of its Interior

Here are Offical Shots of the China-Only Kodiaq GT and Leaked Images of its Interior

Skoda says chances of seeing one sold outside of China are zero

Skoda unveiled the Kodiaq GT, a mid-size crossover SUV with sportier styling that will only be available in China. The 7-speed DSG gearbox will be standard and, judging by the leaked interior shots, Skoda is targeting a wealthier clientele with this new model.

Czech automaker Skoda, part of the VAG Group, has been on a roll lately. They barely took the wraps off the menacing Kodiaq vRS that claims to be the fastest ever seven-seater SUV to lap the Nurburgring-Nordschleife. Now, they’re back with a new model, the Kodiaq GT, Skoda’s first Coupe SUV.

It features the same sloped rear window like the ’creator’ of this niche, BMW’s X6, but, unlike the Bimmer, you won’t be able to get it unless you live in China.

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This Teaser for the Chinese-Only Skoda Kodiaq GT Makes us Jealous

This Teaser for the Chinese-Only Skoda Kodiaq GT Makes us Jealous

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.

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS debuts in Paris with that Boring Diesel Engine

The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS debuts in Paris with that Boring Diesel Engine

Rs should mean more, don’t you think.?

Spotted testing on public roads many times in recent months, Skoda’s first SUV with the "RS" badge, the Kodiaq RS, made its official debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Powered by the company’s most potent diesel engine yet, the Kodiaq RS set a Nurburgring record for the fastest seven-seat SUV earlier this year.

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has been Leaked just hours Before Paris Reveal

The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has been Leaked just hours Before Paris Reveal

That’s sad from Skoda’s point-of-view

After building all the hype and curiosity over the months, the fastest seven-seater to grace the Nurburgring was leaked just a day before its reveal. We had already seen it in the spy shots and teaser images, so there’s nothing surprising, really. These images show the big RS badge on the grille and the 20-inch wheels. Are we still excited about the reveal? Hell yeah!

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Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean

Skoda Teases the 2019 Kodiaq RS and It Looks Mean

The "hot" Kodiaq RS is coming to Paris, too

Skoda’s first RS-badged SUV will be the Kodiaq RS, a mean looking seven-seater with Nurburgring-honed handling. We still haven’t had a good look at it yet, because it’s only been teased via design sketches and one darkened shot of its headlights and grille, but we already know plenty.

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Pops' Rants: Skoda Just Ruined the "RS" Badge

Pops’ Rants: Skoda Just Ruined the "RS" Badge

You’re dead to me!

I really can’t remember when an automaker used the "RS" badge on a car for the first time, but I recall some Porsche and Alpine race cars from the 1950s and 1960s. You shouldn’t expect me to remember this kind of stuff anyway. Ya know, old people tend to forget a lot. Anyway, I specifically remember that RS-badged cars, be them road-legal or race-ready, have always been synonymous with performance. Well, Skoda just ruined that with the Kodiaq vRS.

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Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show

Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show

The car has garnered our attention already

Skoda has finally thrown some light on the first vRS SUV from its stable. The Kodiaq vRS will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. Skoda has released two official pictures, giving us a preview of what to expect from the explosive beast. The Czech automaker is also set to reveal the new vRS logo! Excited much?

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2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS

2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS

Not so powerful though...

The Skoda Kodiaq RS is the company’s first SUV to sport the "RS" badge — made famous by the Octavia in the early 2000s. Unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Kodiaq RS is powered by a diesel engine and it’s the quickest seven-seat SUV around the Nurburgring track as of October 2018.

Don’t let that benchmark fool you though, Skoda took the record only because no other company raced a seven-seat SUV on the Nordschleife. The Kodiaq RS isn’t insanely powerful and needs more than nine minutes to lap the "Green Hell." Still, it’s a decent performance-oriented vehicle for the non-premium market and should find its own place in this niche. Let’s find out what makes it special in the review below.

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2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout

2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout

There’s more to the Skoda Kodiaq Scout than meets the eye

The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.

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Pops' Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About

Pops’ Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About

Marketing for the win!

Oh look, we have a new Nurburgring record for seven-seat SUVs. Nope, it’s not a super-fast benchmark set by BMW or Audi, companies that have actual performance seven-seat SUVs, but a boringly slow record set by... wait for it... Skoda. Yes, a company with limited global availability drove a diesel-powered, somewhat performance-oriented SUV on the ’Ring to set a record for a class that no one cares about. And it’s damn slow too at 9:29.84 minutes. I bet SUV enthusiasts will take the showrooms by storm to buy the 236-horsepower Kodiaq RS later this year.

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The Skoda Kodiaq RS Sets Nurburgring Record for Seven-Seat SUVs

The Skoda Kodiaq RS Sets Nurburgring Record for Seven-Seat SUVs

It’s slower than you’d think!

The Skoda Kodiak RS has yet to break cover as a production model, but the SUV just set a Nurburgring record for seven-seat haulers. The slightly beefed-up SUV completed the iconic Nordschleife in 9:29.84 minutes with race driver Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel.

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Skoda Kodiaq Scout And Sportline Arrive in Frankfurt

Skoda Kodiaq Scout And Sportline Arrive in Frankfurt

Two new trims bring variety to Skoda’s new SUV

The Skoda Kodiaq launched for 2016 and so far has been a runaway success. Based on the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan platform (VW’s MQB architecture), the Kodiaq offers room for five in the two-row model and seven with the third-row seats ordered. Now for 2017, the value-themed crossover gets more variety thanks to two new trims Skoda brought to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – the Sportline and Scout.

Hinted by the names, the Sportline trim gives the Kodiaq a more street-wise appearance, while the Scout offers a more rugged, off-road theme. Both come with plenty of additional features, making them more than just an appearance package. In fact, the Scout comes with a raised ride height and underbody skid plates and the Sportline gets a sport-tuned suspension, a G-meter, and lap timer. Both models have adaptive dampers, too. Skoda isn’t changing the Kodiaq’s drivetrain options, however. Both the Sportline and Scout are available with choices of gasoline and diesel engine options. These include a 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and range to a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with 295 pound-feet of torque. Both models come standard with AWD.

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2017 Skoda Kodiaq

2017 Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda looks to inject life into its lineup with a production version of the VisionS concept

After months of teasing us with images of the new Kodiaq Skoda has finally spilled the beans. Of course, photos of the car were leaked a little before the official debut, but now we finally have all the fine details. As Skoda’s second crossover after the Yeti, and with all the hype that has come before it, the Kodiaq has some pretty big shoes to fill. Offered at launch with the choice of five different engines, three different transmissions, an elegant interior, and a sharp exterior, it shouldn’t have too much of a problem filling its role.

The Kodiaq is pretty elegant and sporty, and it needs to be, considering it competes against the likes of the Mercedes GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and – as far as price and power goes – the BMW X3. Highlights about the car include a luxurious and functional interior, seating for seven, and some DNA from the Skoda VisionS that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at the all-new Skoda Kodiaq and why Mercedes, Audi, and even BMW should be worried.

Updated 09/01/2016: Skoda dropped the official details on the new Kodiaq with just one month before its official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Skoda Kodiaq.

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Skoda Kodiaq Unveiling

Skoda Kodiaq Unveiling

The Kodiaq is making its debut live right now!

It’s been a long time coming, but the Skoda Kodiaq is finally making it’s world debut. And, you can watch it live by clicking play on the video above. Afterward, why not check out our full review of the Kodiaq here and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below the review.

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Skoda Kodiaq Leaked Online Before Official Debut

Skoda Kodiaq Leaked Online Before Official Debut

The company’s second crossover breaks cover earlier than expected

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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