If you put close attention to Geneva Auto Show held this year, you will probably remember most of the new concepts and cars presented there. One of those new concepts was Skoda VisionS. This concept was announced to be part of the Skoda’s brand-new design philosophy. The very first representative of this philosophy is 2017 Skoda Kodiaq. However, according to the first photos of this model, it seems that Skoda lets us down. This new concept (or at least this model) didn’t meet our expectations. According to the pictures taken at the Nurburgring, there is nothing futuristic about the Kodiaq. Nevertheless, it is coming with several advantages and you might even consider having one after reading this article.
SKODA VISIONS CONCEPT
Information about Skoda VisionS and the first model that uses this concept is scarce. Although we have got pictures from the testing, many of the things are still unknown. When Skoda was describing their new concept they used the term ‘futuristic’. However, when you look at the photos Kodiaq looks like a regular vehicle. Don’t get us wrong, according to the first reviews this car should deliver the goods, but Skoda exaggerated a little in their announcements. Besides these spy photos we have nothing else, but it is expected that this model will debut at Paris Auto Show this year.
We can discuss all day about the design, but when it comes to engine things are still unknown. Well, at least officially. Skoda hasn’t released the information what is going to under the hood of the 2017 Skoda Kodiaq, but we managed to find some details. It appears that Kodiaq is going to have a wide lineup. Three different units should come as options, two gasoline, and one diesel unit. The base engine is going to be a 1.4l four-cylinder. This gasoline engine comes with an output of 150 hp and is the least powerful in the lineup.
Apart from the 1.4l, there are going to be two sets of variants of a 2.0l. A gasoline variant is able to generate 180 hp and 220 hp. On the other hand, the 2.0l diesel units should deliver 150 hp and 184 hp. There are some speculations that this model will be equipped with a hybrid powertrain, but in our opinion, that is less likely to happen. We’re still waiting for the rest of the information regarding performance. EPA rating should be particularly interesting since we cannot even guess what fuel economy this car is going to have.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR REVIEW
If you came across VisionS photos, then you have already seen how 2017 Skoda Kodiaq will look like. Since Skoda is a Volkswagen’s subsidiary thus you can expect that new model will borrow some features from VW. Wheelbase seems quite similar to Tiguan’s. Even though VisionS is implemented in this model, there are still some big differences. First of all, the smaller air dam is placed instead of the larger one seen in Geneva. Luckily they haven’t heavily camouflaged the vehicle during the tests thus we can clearly see most of the exterior details.
On another hand, we weren’t lucky to see what is inside the cabin. Windows were partially camouflaged hence it was extremely difficult to take a peak. However, we can assume that cabin will take after VisionS, with some minor modifications. Perhaps we can even expect Alcantara seats and updated infotainment system.
2017 SKODA KODIAQ PRICE
Price is especially sensitive to estimate, but we can take several factors into consideration and make our assumption. The main competitors come from BMW, Mercedes, and Audi and their price is up to $41,000. 2017 Skoda Kodiaq should have a lower price than the main competitors and we believe it will cost around $28,000. This is not the definite price and we advise you to wait for the official info.