ŠKODA continues its charge into the SUV segment with the Scout variant* of its acclaimed new Kodiaq, which will appear at the Geneva international motor show (7 to 19 March 2017).
The newcomer’s rugged and robust appearance is accentuated by silver-coloured design details, including distinctive underbody protection at the front and rear. The Kodiaq Scout comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, which contribute to its powerful appearance. Customers have a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, both of which are linked to all-wheel drive.
Its off-road ability is matched by the practicality of having up to seven seats as well as the largest interior and boot in its class. The package continues the brand’s design identity and represents an impressive combination of emotion and rationality.
Silver features add polish
The Scout is recognisable from the outside by tinted rear and side windows and silver-coloured details. The radiator grille is framed by a silver-coloured trim. The roof rails, wing mirror housings, side window trims andfront and rear underbody protection are also silver in colour.
This variant also features a small badge with the model designation on the front wing and the glove compartment.
The all-wheel-drive system works quickly and intelligently and has a control unit that constantly calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle. Loss of traction is virtually eliminated due to a control system that is dependent on driving status. In normal driving conditions, the multi-plate clutch transfers the engine power in an efficient way mainly to the front wheels.
The Scout has a ground clearance of 194mm, so it can negotiate larger bumps with ease. It has a ramp angle of 19.7 degrees; the approach and departure angles are an impressive 22 and 23.1 degrees respectively, because of the short overhangs. In addition, the Rough-Road package, which comes as standard, protects against damage to the underbody, engine, brake lines, fuel lines and cables.
The driver can select off-road mode simply by pressing a button. The ABS anti-lock braking system permits a certain amount of slip in order to create a wedge effect in front of the wheels. To improve traction in off-road mode, anti-slip regulation (ASR) controls the amount of slip, and the electronic differential lock (EDL) reacts more quickly than under normal driving conditions. When required, the hill-hold control and hill-descent control functions are activated – the latter maintains the car’s speed at the level at which the driver enters the slope.
Standard equipment on the Scout includes driving mode select (eco, comfort, normal, sport, individual, snow), which can be used to control the engine, automatic transmission, power steering and air conditioning. Snow mode adjusts the ABS, ASR and ACC (where present) systems and the engine management to the conditions of the snow-covered or slippery road.
Standard equipment in the interior includes a multifunction steering wheel, LED ambient lighting in 10 colours, a modular infotainment matrix (MIB) system with eight speakers, Alcantara-covered seats with the Kodiaq logo, steel pedals, textile floor mats and the Kodiaq logo on the front door sills.
Range of engines
There is a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines: