Such is the pull of the Chinese market that the country’s SUV “coupé” craze has piqued the interest of any carmaker worth its salt. Even the eminently practical Skoda has been sucked into this aesthetics-led trend with the introduction of the Kodiaq GT specifically for the Middle Kingdom – joining the also China-only Kamiq, the Karoq and the regular Kodiaq.
Unveiled ahead of its world premiere at the Guangzhou Motor Show, the GT gets the usual low-slung roofline that slopes at the rear towards the raked rear windscreen. The rest is as per the standard Kodiaq, aside from the redesigned front air inlet, body-coloured side sills, reshaped tail lights and a new rear diffuser with a full-width reflector strip and twin round tailpipes.
The GT is also the first Skoda to get the brand name spelt out in individual letters across the tailgate, instead of the usual roundel. No photos of the interior were provided, but expect the usual Kodiaq interior with features such as the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display (standard here); there are also plenty of connectivity features such as WiFi access, MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife.
Under the bonnet sits Volkswagen’s venerable 2.0 litre turbocharged TSI engine in 186 hp and 220 hp flavours, mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive as standard. Safety features include Blind Spot Detect, Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-and-go.
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