ŠKODA has announced the name Kodiaq for its upcoming Vision S crossover SUV. The brand new design is ŠKODA’s first large SUV and will be launched this autumn, coming to the UK early next year.
The Kodiaq is named after the Kodiak grizzly bear, which lives on an island of the same name just off the southern coast of Alaska.
The change is spelling is attributed to the local language of the island’s inhabitants, which uses the letter ‘q’ at the end of animal names. The natives call the bear Taq uka 'aq.
The new design will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, but it is widely expected to follow the Vision S concept revealed in Geneva – read our news report here.
The crossover SUV will be a large model with the full length confirmed at 4.7m. The preview design had six seats, but the production version is now to have seven seats across three rows.
The Kodiaq is also likely to feature the new Skoda bodywork seen in the Vision S, with sharper, chiselled lines. ŠKODA claims this symbolises “distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, strong and robust appearance”.
But one notable change is the engine. The Vision S preview featured a plug-in hybrid drive-train engine, but this development is expected to be launched in a later version. The Kodiaq engine will be based on the ŠKODA Superb.
The Kodiaq is the first in an expected raft of new SUVs from ŠKODA. The Czech manufacturer announced a record-breaking year of sales in 2015 and has already revealed two new variants of the Yeti Monte Carlo range.