Gone are the days when we eagerly awaited the opening day of a motor show to find out what the new models would be, for manufacturers now regularly trail new models ahead of the event. Skoda is no exception, and whilst strictly speaking not a new car, has released details of the Sportline version of the Kodiaq that will make its debut at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.
The Kodiaq is the biggest model in the Skoda line-up, being the first seven-seater to come from the Czech maker and of course benefits from technology/hardware used elsewhere in the VW Audi brands. That means four-wheel drive across the range, with the option of Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control, which in turn gives the driver the choice of Comfort, Normal or Sport modes. Engine choice is from two petrol- or two diesel-powered versions. With petrol you can choose between a 148bhp 1.4 TSI or a 177bhp 2.0 TSI. The diesel options are for 2.0 TDI’s producing either 148 or 187bhp.
The Sportline is distinguished externally from its brethren by black-coloured radiator grille, door mirrors and roof rails, as well as badging and other smaller trim details. The standard 19-inch or optional 20-inch alloy wheels are also exclusive to the model.
The interior is already well equipped, to the same spec. as the SE version but in addition comes with Alcantara-trimmed sports seats with silver-coloured stitching and leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearstick. To confirm the sportiness the pedals are made of aluminium and the driver information display has been expanded to include G-force information. Yes, really!