Skoda Kodiaq previewed again, will appear in Tour de France

July 21, 2016

Skoda is previewing its upcoming Kodiaq seven-seat SUV once again, ahead of its Paris motor show debut in September. This time the company has prepared a special red, grey and black camouflage for the pre-production prototype.

Skoda Kodiaq preview

Fans of the Tour de France will probably notice a big Skoda presence this year once again. That’s because this is the 13th time the Volkswagen-owned brand has been the official sponsor of the epic cycling race.

To maximise the partnership, Skoda will be showing the Kodiaq in prototype form at the grand finale of the event. It will lead the racers down the boulevard of Champs-Elysees in Paris next Sunday.

The Kodiaq will be a very interesting model for Skoda, as it will be stepping into the demanding and increasingly popular seven-seat SUV market along side vehicles like the Mazda CX-9. Skoda confirms the production model will be 4.7 metres long, offering the “largest boot space in the class”, with customisable seating positions.

Following in Skoda’s brand philosophy, the new SUV is expected to feature a number of clever practicality-minded interior gadgets and storage solutions. Skoda says the cabin will also offer “extensive connectivity options” with “future oriented infotainment”.

No further specifics about the new model have been revealed. It is expected to be powered by VW’s latest turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, potentially including the potent new 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel that churns out 176kW and 500Nm, seen in the overseas Tiguan.

Market entry will take place early in 2017, with an Australian on-sale date yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned for plenty of Paris show updates.

Skoda Kodiaq preview-Tour de France

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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