And but this one damned close to has. The Skoda Kodiaq is a compact SUV with a twist of additional area and performance: a automotive, in prospect, that’s as trendy and near as gasoline environment friendly as every other 4×4 on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform however approaches the dimensions and usefulness of the Kia Sorento’s seven-seat sub-breed.
And we are able to take its mix of straightforward performance, area and worth for cash as a preview of what to anticipate from the brand new Yeti, due in 2018, and the smaller Skoda crossover that may observe it by the top of the last decade. Past, being the brand new company face of Skoda SUVs, the Kodiaq may additionally spark adventures into pastures new for the Czech producer.
Following the usual SUV is the Skoda Kodiaq Scout, which brings real off-roading potential and underbody safety, whereas bosses are toying with the prospect of launching a Skoda Kodiaq vRS model in addition to a coupé model of the Kodiaq in the identical ilk because the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.
The Kodiaq additionally brings new driver help techniques, new infotainment choices and different luxurious and comfort options to Skoda showrooms, forming a key a part of the agency’s effort to maneuver upmarket.
Time for its first main hurdle, then: how will it fare towards the oldest benchmark automotive check within the enterprise?