Skoda has been releasing some really interesting cars in the recent years and while the quality can’t be compared with a VW or Audi, for example, the cars are really good in terms of quality considering the low price. Currently, Skoda only has a single crossover on the market with the Yeti which may not be the most good looking or even the best in terms of performance, but it costs quite a bit less than its close sibling, the Tiguan, and on top of that, it is more efficient and also quite a bit roomier inside.
However, because the car is getting dates, there have been rumors that a new model will take its place and this time around it will not be called the Yeti.
What’s new for 2017?
The upcoming car will be the 2017 Skoda Kodiak which will be based on VW’s highly modular MQB platform which it will also share with the new Tiguan. Unlike the Yeti though, the new model will be offered in two variations, a five seats model with a short wheelbase that will resemble the yeti in terms of size as well as a seven seats version which will offer and extra of 50 centimeters in length and at least an extra 30 centimeters of wheelbase.
Under the Hood & Performance
Engine wise, the 2017 Skoda Kodiak is definitely going to use VW’s latest engines, some of them being also used on the current Yeti. The base car will likely get a new 1 liter turbocharged inline 3 petrol engine which will be able to provide up to 110 horsepower with ease. Further up the range, a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine with outputs ranging from 125 up to 160 horsepower should also be offered.
The top of the range model will likely get the 1.8 liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine which has been developed by Audi. This will also be the most powerful of the lot with an output of over 180 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.
In terms of diesel engines, the future is a bit unclear for now. However, the VW group mentioned that they will not abandon this type of engines, so the upcoming Kodiak should make good use of their 1.4 liter TDI engine as well as the bigger 1.6 and 2 liter versions. These will range in power from 90 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque on the base model and it will go up to around 180 horsepower and more than 260 lb-ft of torque for the top of the range 2 liter version.
All engines will make use of either a 6 speed manual gearbox or an optional 6 or 7 speed DSG one. Front wheel drive will be standard while an option will include a permanent all wheel drive system.
Short Design Review
In terms of design, the upcoming 2017 Skoda Kodiak will not take much from the Yeti and we’re glad about that because the Yeti was not exactly that great in terms of looks. The car will certainly get a slightly more conventional approach and it will look like any other premium crossover when it comes to proportions. However, the car will get a unique design with the usual Skoda grille and headlights and the rather sharp lines.
Inside the cabin on the other hand, there are rumors that the upcoming Kodiak is going to borrow extensively from the Octavia, a move which would actually make a lot of sense considering the two are quite similar in terms of pricing and interior space.
2017 Skoda Kodiak Price
The two models should be released this year at the Paris Auto Show and go on sale in the early 2017 for a price closer to €24,000 for the base version of the seven seats model.