Could Skoda usurp Jaguar as the maker of the world's best-looking SUV?
It's very easy for our North American readers to ignore the Skoda Kodiaq, but it's likely that now's the best time to start paying attention to this upcoming SUV. We've said before how it's the perfect car to launch a new brand in the US with, and it likely won't be long before 'Kodiaq' becomes another nameplate that Skoda files a trademark for with the USPTO. Better still, these new teaser images we have suggest we'll have a genuinely handsome high-riding car on our hands with the Kodiaq if Skoda decides to bring the car to our shores
Skoda's already associated with selling smartly-styled vehicles in Europe, and the early signs are that the Kodiaq is going to astutely stick to the Czech company's long-running tradition. The protruding taillight clusters and the 'three-dimensional radiator grille' are probably the most avant-garde items on the Kodiaq, and there are more sharp creases in the vehicle's bodywork than a chest of drawers full of officewear pants that have been put through a Corby Trouser Press. Of course, aesthetic competence is subjective, but it's incredibly likely that the Skoda will be vying for the title of 'Maker Of The World's Best Looking SUV' with its seven-seater Kodiaq.
Additional concrete information on the Kodiaq is pretty scarce so far, though educated assumptions can be made. Considering it shares so much with the VW Tiguan underneath, it's expected that the Kodiaq will be fitted with the VeeDub's 2.0-liter 200-hp turbocharged gasoline engine (the diesels that are expected to be extremely popular in Europe likely won't be coming state side). The Vision S concept car that first hinted at Skoda's seven-seater SUV ambitions suggests plenty of passenger space, and a dashboard dominated by TFT and touchscreen displays will also be part and parcel with the Kodiaq's cabin. All in all, the Skoda Kodiaq could comfortably be one of the more interesting vehicles to see at this year's Paris Motor Show.