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New Skoda Kodiaq prototype breaks cover

Skoda has been testing its all-new Kodiaq SUV.

The Kodiaq’s design brings the Czech brand's new design language to the SUV segment. Available with a choice of five engines from launch - two TDIs and three TSIs, the most powerful petrol engine, the 2.0-litre TSI, provides 'dynamic driving performance' with a power output of 132 kW (180 PS), while at the same time is as efficient as a lower capacity powertrain thanks to a newly developed combustion process.

A range of transmission options are available – six-speed manual gearbox, DSG transmission, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A Driving Mode Select and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) can also be selected, enabling the steering, accelerator, DSG transmission and suspension to be configured in multiple modes. An off-road mode supports the driver when using four-wheel drive. At the touch of a button, all the relevant systems – engine management, assistance systems, electronic chassis systems, such as ABS and ESC, as well as the suspension if combined with the optional DCC – automatically adjust to off-road conditions.

At 4.7m long, the new SUV is described as a versatile all-rounder. With the largest boot capacity in its class, the new model will be available with the option of a third row of seats. With a capacity of up to 2,065 litres in five-seater configuration, adjustable rear seats come as standard, with backrests that can be tilted as required. The new models also features door-edge protection that deploy automatically to avoid damaging the vehicle in garages or car parks and there is an electric child safety lock for the youngest passengers, as well as a sleep comfort package with special headrests for long trips.

The car's infotainment elements originate from the Volkswagen Group’s second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix - all equipped with ‘capacitive touchscreens’. The top-of-the-range Columbus and Amundsen systems come with a WiFi hotspot, and, as an optional extra, there is an LTE module for the Columbus system – which establishes an internet connection using the fastest mobile communications standard currently available, says Skoda. Passengers can use this to browse online content and send emails using their mobile phones or tablets, while a ‘Phonebox’ with inductive charging connects smartphones to the roof aerial and charges it wirelessly.

Driver assistance systems include Area View cameras - new for Skoda - which display the car’s immediate surroundings on the monitor. When a trailer is attached, the Tow Assist system takes over manoeuvring when reversing slowly. The new predictive pedestrian protection function compliments Front Assist. Parking Distance Control with braking function is also new and provides support with parking manoeuvres – braking automatically as soon as it detects an obstacle.

The new Skoda Kodiaq goes on sale at the beginning of 2017.