Riding high: Skoda Kodiaq

In the second part of our focus on the Skoda Kodiaq, the head of the vehicle's technical development explains the technologies that underpin the SUV

Skoda, like other OEMs, is expanding its line-up of SUVs as the demand for them grows across global markets. In the second part of our focus on the firm's newest vehicle, the Kodiaq, we hear from Jiri Dytrych, head of technical project development, as he explains the powertrains and chassis technologies that underpin the firm's latest SUV:

“The Kodiaq and SUVS are very important for Skoda’s future. The Kodiaq is the first car shows our new design language in the SUV segment.

“If I talk a little bit about the exterior dimensions, the main one is the length, 4,697mm, the wheelbase is 2,791mm and the width is 1,882mm. You see that’s a really compact car, so how is it possible to create a spacious interior in the Kodiaq? The five seater variant, the elbow room at the front is 1,477mm, in the second row it’s 1,451mm. Headroom at the front is 1,059mm and in the second row 1,050mm, but for us knee room in the second row is really important. So it had to have 104mm depending on the position of the adjustable seats.

“But it isn’t just about cabin room, if we talk about the boot room. With the five-seater we start with 720 litres, and f the seats are folded down that’s 2,065 litres. In the seven-seater we start with 270 litres – that’s 20 litres more than Citigo and 60 litres smaller than Fabia – and up to 2,005 litres if all the seats are folded down.

“We are starting with two diesel engines and three gasoline engines. Cylinder capacities between 1.4 and 2-litres and power between 92kW up to 140kW. Turbocharged engines, using stop-start technology.

“The base gasoline engine is 1.4 litres, 92kW only with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission and a top speed of 190km/h. This is followed by a 1.4 gasoline engine with 110kW which will be available with front- and all-wheel drive with a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine feature with this unit is really the active cylinder technology, that means if conditions are optimal the second and third cylinder can be shutdown. It would save up to 0.5 litres of fuel.

“The top gasoline engine is the 2-litre 132kW with the dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. And in this case it is a seven-speed transmission. The engine features a new combustion process for high efficiency, and the top speed of this car will be 206km/h.

“The base diesel will be a 2-litre 110kW unit with optional front- or all-wheel drive and six speed manual or dual-clutch and a top speed of 196km/h. At the top is a 2-litre 140kW engine, only with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

“The basis for really good driving is the suspension and the Kodiaq will use a conventional chassis with a MacPherson Strut on the front and a four-link rear axle, and electromechanical power steering which could have some options with several assistance system.

“It’s really clear when I’m talking about a conventional chassis that if you have ESC or dynamic chassis controls you can have the possibility to make t more comfortable or more sporty.

“If you ask if the Skoda Kodiaq is an off-roader, I would say no. The Kodiaq is a pretty good SUV but it isn’t an off-road car, but if you leave the asphalt then you can press a button and it will support you. And with ground clearance of 194mm, an approach angle of 22º, a departure angle of 23.1º and a ramp angle of 19.7º, that’s really support for your drive not only on asphalt. Lastly is towing capacity, the Kodiaq can be used with up to 2.5 tonnes.”