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3 Important Things You Should Know About The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT

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The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT will be exclusive to the Chinese market but it’s worth taking note what the Czech company changed to make this a perfect fit for the auto industry’s largest market.

The Kodiaq GT is destined to be the brand’s flagship product in China but even with the GT badge, it produces a measly 217 horsepower, which is really enough for Beijing’s uber congested highways. So far, all of Skoda’s releases in China have been SUVs—the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kodiaq GT.

1. Exterior

The Kodiaq GT is, of course, based on the standard Kodiaq. There are a few noticeable changes on the body, though—a wider bonnet and a split, 12-slat, blackframed grille with chrome-plated dual ribs. The LED headlights and LED daytime running lights use the same unit while the fog lamps are placed higher than the conventional setting.

The roofline has a steep slope at the back, which might be a problem for the headroom inside the cabin. There’s also a prominent crease that runs from the headlight to the taillight while the side skirts are dressed in black plastic. The Kodiaq GT has a dynamic side profile, thanks to the merging of the roofline and the flat tailgate.

2. Interior

Inside, the cabin is dominated by the waterfall center console fitted with knobs and buttons that the driver can reach easily. The “Virtual Cockpit” is fully customizable, Skoda said, and the car will always be connected, thanks to a slew of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi access, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, Baidu’s Carlife, among others.

3. Drivetrain

The SUV gets a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 184 horsepower. That engine is paired with front-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. The same engine is available in a different configuration that makes 217 horses and pairs with an all-wheel-drive setup through a seven-speed transmission.

As for safety features, the Kodiaq GT will come with Blind Spot Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-go functionality, Front Assist, and many more.

The Kodiaq GT should be priced between $4,000 and $5,000 higher than the standard Kodiaq. Skoda plans to introduce it at the Guangzhou Motor Show this month.

Skoda’s Baby SUV Is Due By 2020

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Skoda’s next compact SUV, which will slot in between the Skoda Karoq and the Skoda Kodiaq, will be on sale by 2020. It will be the most practical and spacious model in its class, hoping to best rival Nissan Juke. The new compact SUV, whose name has not been released yet, will be the third in the brand’s expanding range and will be the “spiritual successor” to the Yeti crossover that will be revealed next year.

For this new crossover, Skoda is focusing on practicality using the VW Group’s new MQB AO platform in the longest possible set-up. Its wheelbase will measure 2,645mm, giving the car more space inside than the VW T-Roc.

Bernhard Maier, the Czech company’s big boss, said that they hope to position the new Skoda “at the upper end of the segment, so we have a longer wheelbase, have a bigger boot and more space in the interior.”

But while the platform will adopt an all-wheel drive, the new Skoda will not come equipped with the tech to keep the price down. It will arrive with VW’s latest batch of engines, which for the most part will be a version of the 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol used in the Fabia and Octavia hatchbacks.

There will likely be two variants—one that makes 95 horsepower and another that chucks out 115 horsepower. Buyers who want more power may opt for the 148-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo. There will also be a 1.6-liter diesel option. As for a plug-in hybrid version? That’s unlikely, at least for now.

The arrival of Skoda’s newest crossover SUV in 2020 comes in the midst of “the largest campaign of launches in Skoda’s history” in a segment that has become the fastest growing in Europe’s auto industry. By 2020, SUVs are expected to account for 34 percent of new cars sold in the region.

Maier said they plan to offer 20 new models by 2020 and nine of those will be electrified.

 

2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline To Be Unveiled At The Paris Motor Show

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Days after Skoda introduced us to the exceptional-looking Karoq Scout, we are not again being treated to the all-new version of the Karoq Sportline. The Czech company’s sporty interpretation of the compact SUV leaves us wondering what more can Skoda do in the future.

The crossover SUV is scheduled to be presented at the Paris Motor Show in October and it will come with the most powerful engine from the range.

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In total, there are four engine options to choose from: the 2.0 TSI petrol engine, two 2.0 TDI diesel engines, and the 1.5 TSI petrol engine. The 2.0 TSI petrol engine can make 190 horsepower. This is the main engine being offered by Skoda for the Karoq Sportline. There are two 2.0 TDI engines, the most powerful of which can also produce 190 horses. Using this drivetrain, the Sportline can pair well enough with a seven-speed DSG and four-wheel-drive.

The other 2.0 TDI uses a front-wheel-drive system and can only produce 150 horsepower. It comes with a manual six-speed gearbox. Options available a four-wheel-drive system combined with a seven-speed DSG.

The 1.5 TSI petrol engine comes with a front-wheel drive with the seven-speed DSG as an option. This is also paired with an all-wheel drive.

In terms of exterior, the Karoq Sportline has sportier bumpers, 19-inch black wheels, front mudguards with the Sportline logo, and black roof rails. Inside, the sports seats are all in black with contrasting silver stitch. They are upholstered in air-permeable Thermoflux fabric, which brings extra comfort to passengers, especially during the summer season.

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The multifunction steering wheel is covered in perforated black leather with silver stitching, similar to the sports seats. Completing the interior styling are pedals with stainless steel elements, a black headliner, black roof pillars, and an LED package that includes ambient lighting.

 

The Volkswagen ID Crozz Vs. Skoda Vision E

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Many automakers showcased their concept cars at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. Most of them offer a hybrid or all-electric powertrain. Among them were the Volkswagen ID Crozz and the Skoda Vision E concept cars.

Looking at the two vehicles, they surely bear a striking resemblance with each other. After all, their brands are closely related. Here is a quick look at their key features:

Exterior

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Skoda is a Czech brand but it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 2000. Therefore, it is no longer surprising that the Skoda Vision E shares the same platform with the Volkswagen ID Crozz concept.

Side-by-side, the two concept SUVs have the same form, dimensions and panoramic roofing. They also got rid of the traditional front grille. The noticeable differences in their exterior lies in the lighting system, bumpers, body lines, wheels and badges only.

Interior

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Skoda had taken liberties in the interior of the Concept E compared to the ID Crozz of Volkswagen. While the ID Crozz offers what looks like a futuristic but minimalist approach, the Concept E is adorned with a lot of gizmos, including three displays in the dashboard and more controls. The Concept E appears to have more prominent wood trims and leather accents too.

Power Unit

The new Volkswagen and Skoda concept vehicles share the same powertrain. Each auto is powered by two electric motors located at the front and rear.

The front motors of the ID Crozz and Concept E each provides an output of 75 kW. The rear electric motor produces 150 kW. Overall, each vehicle has a total output of 225 kW.

The concept cars are powered by a 83 kWh battery with regenerative braking technology. The tech is a form of energy recovery mechanism, which adds to the energy efficiency of the vehicles. Based on Skoda, the EVs can cover a distance of 500 km at full charge.

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3 Great Reasons To Buy The Skoda Kodiaq Scout

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When Skoda introduced its all-new seven-seater SUV, netizens can’t help but baptize it with a new name—Skodiaq. So, it’s not really a surprise that its more competent off-road version is now being called the Skoda Kodiaq Scout (yes to the Scout badge).

There are few differences between the Skodiaq and this Kodiaq Scout, but the latter beats the former in ground clearance and exterior styling.

Here are the traits possessed by the new Kodiaq Scout based on a source:

Better Off-Road Credentials

Thanks to an increase in ground clearance, drivers of the Kodiaq Scout will undoubtedly have a better experience with this new SUV. It will come standard with an all-wheel drive traction just like the Octavia Scout. The exterior styling differentiations included a rear underbody protection that’s great for off-the-road performance.

Varied Driving Selections

The Kodiaq Scout uses the mid-range Ambition trim, and packs the standard security features like the Off-Road Assist. It also has a total of six different Driving Mode Select system: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, and Snow.

You can enjoy all of these driving amenities while in the luxurious interiors with standard equipment such as 10-color LED ambient lighting, Alcantara upholstery, steel pedals, textile floor, mats, and an infotainment system with eight speakers.

Three Powertrains Options

Three powertrains are available: the 1.4 TSI as the base model, the higher-end 2.0 TSI, and the most popular 2.0 TDI. The base model can produce 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) that is good to go 62 mph in 9.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 122 mph.

The 2.0 TSI, on the other hand, gives off 180 horsepower (132 kilowatts) to go 62 mph in eight seconds. It has a maximum speed of 128 mph.

Undoubtedly, the most popular choice for drivers would be the 2.0 TDI, which can produce 150 or 190 horsepower. The first one can go at 9.5 seconds and has a maximum speed of 122 mph while the 190 will have credentials of 8.9 seconds and 130 mph.

All of them will come standard with AWD with an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch in front of the rear differential. The ground clearance is 194 mm. The SUV comes with an extra protection for the underbody, brake and fuel lines, cables, and engine.

Top 3 Things To Know About The 2017 Skoda Octavia

The 2017 Skoda Octavia made a questionable move when it came out with a new exterior design last month. In turn, it wants to deliver more juicy details about the new driver assistance and infotainment systems.

1. Exterior

Based on a source, the most telling feature of the 2017 Skoda Octavia is the revised split headlights that are now close to the looks of the Skoda Kodiaq. It also has a much neater lower bumper with horizontal lines that emphasize the car’s width.

The Octavia falls between its competitors—the Volkswagen Gold and the Vauxhall Astra. The Octavia is based on VW’s MQB platform, which is one of the longer versions in the Group’s chassis lineup. This means that it will offer one of the class’ largest cabins. The wheelbase and overall dimensions, however, will remain unchanged.

2. Driver assistance system

What it boasts off is a slew of new driver assistance systems. This included predictive pedestrian protection for when the driver is speeding from 10 to 60 km/h (6 to 37 mph) and someone crosses or steps into the oncoming traffic. The feature, which is part of the optional Front Assist package, can automatically slam the brakes.

The Octavia also included the Blind Spot Detect, optional trailer assist system, Rear Traffic Alert, and Maneuver Assist.

The Rear Traffic Alert, in particular, will help those who are challenged by parallel parking. This is a welcome development, of course, for everyone who’s finding it hard to glide into tight spaces.

3. Infotainment system

Inside the Octavia, there’s a whole host of high-tech infotainment gadgets that will provide online services for real-time traffic info, fuel prices, news, weather, and parking options. There’s also a 9.2-inch display that supports Google Earth, Street View, and an online map update service.

For emergency purposes, there’s also the “Care Connect services,” which also includes the emergency call function.

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