Swoopy SUV coupe becomes new flagship in Czech carmaker’s Chinese line-up.
The Skoda Kodiaq GT has been revealed exclusively for China, ahead of its public debut at the Guangzhou motor show on November 16.
Both the Kodiaq and the new Kodiaq GT ride on the same 2791mm wheelbase, and look to have the same bonnet and front quarter panels.
In addition to a redesigned rear section and unique doors, the GT also has a revised front fascia design with a U-shaped honeycomb section underneath the grille.
Reports in Chinese media state the Kodiaq GT is 4634mm long, 1883mm wide and 1649mm tall, which means it’s 63mm shorter from nose to tail, 1mm wider, and 27mm lower than the regular Kodiaq.
Due to the sloping rear end and compromised roof line, the GT is only available with two rows of seats for a maximum occupancy of five people.
Like the upcoming Scala hatch, which will replace the Rapid, the Kodiaq GT doesn’t feature the company’s badge on the back. Instead the Skoda name is spelt out prominently in the area between the rear windscreen and the number plate holder.
The dashboard and much of the interior seem to be taken directly from the full-size Kodiaq, although the GT variant pictured here does have a sportier seat design with an integrated headrest, similar to those used in the Sportline albeit with different upholstery.
Digital instruments are standard, while various driver-assistance technologies are offered like autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, along with adaptive cruise control with stop&go function.
As the company’s flagship model in China, the new Kodiaq GT will reportedly be sold with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in either 137kW or 162kW trims. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive will be standard, with all-wheel drive an option on the low-output motor and standard on the flagship motor.
The Kodiaq GT will only be made and sold in China, where the Czech company has a partnership with SAIC. Sales are expected to begin some time in 2019.