Skoda Reveals 3 Row SUV, How Similar Will it Be to VW’s?

Skoda has officially revealed its three row SUV, the Kodiaq, and journalists are already speculating about how it might lead to a US launch for the Czech brand. The Kodiaq, though, might just hint at another product that’s officially headed for the States, VW’s Teramont.

The two are intended as big new steps in the SUV market, both are offered with seven seats, and both are based on the MQB platform. Inside, too, I can report that the pictures of Kodiaq are reminiscent of the Teramont (or whatever it’s called) that I sat in.

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With that in mind, here’s what we know about the Kodiaq.

The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first big SUV at about 15ft long, about 6ft wide, and with a volume of more than 70 cubic feet, which puts it at the top of its class in Europe, but would make it small in North America. The second row seats split 60/40 and are individually adjustable. The Skoda’s third row seats, though, are an option.

The Kodiaq comes with a range of two TDI engines and three TSIs. None of the engines, though, has more than four cylinders, which differentiates it from the Teramont (offered with a V6).

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When powered by the 2.0L TDI engine mated to a DSG gearbox sending power to all four wheels the Skodiaq is good for 2.75 tons of towing capacity. It also has the option of a manual gearbox, which you can be pretty sure won’t be available on the Teramont.

Inside, press pictures make the Kodiaq look reasonably luxurious, with dark wood-like trim pieces, an orion stereo system and an 8-inch infotainment screen.

While the two midsize SUVs look somewhat similar, the Kodiaq is actually small when compared to the Honda Pilot, which Volkswagen has said is what they want their Teramont to compete with. So, though the Teramont may look a little like the Kodiaq, the evidence suggests that it will be bigger to compete in America.

As a result, the US-Skoda teasing hasn’t stopped.

“If we do decide to compete in the US, we will have one chance to make a good first impression,” says Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. “We feel that if we were there now, the Kodiaq would be a home-run car.”

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