Skoda Kodiaq Scout Range-Topper Adds Ruggedness, Equipment

The new version will debut at the Geneva Motor Show

Skoda is expanding its Kodiaq lineup with a new Scout version that features a more rugged appearance and additional standard equipment.

It's the first time Skoda uses the Scout badge on an SUV, which is rather curious since, until now, Scout models were regular Skodas with a higher ground clearance and SUV styling cues — something the standard Kodiaq already had.

Anyway, Skoda justifies adding the Scout designation to the Kodiaq with a more "rugged and robust appearance" as well as additional standard equipment. However, the ride height, approach, departure, and ramp angles stay the same as on the base model. Styling-wise, the Kodiaq Scout stands out thanks to silver-colored design details including underbody protection and the front and rear, dedicated 19-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear window and rear side windows.

In addition, a small badge with the model designation can be noticed on the front wing, front door sills, and the glove compartment. Based on the Ambition trim level, the Skoda Kodiaq Scout adds more standard features such as Driving Mode Select (Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual, and Snow), Off-Road Assist, a Rough-Road package with underbody and engine protection, as well as front and rear Park Assist.

The list of standard features also includes a multifunction steering wheel, LED ambient lighting, Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) with eight speakers, Alcantara trim, steel pedals, and textile floor mats.

Engine choices include two gasoline and two diesel units, all offered as standard with all-wheel drive. The gasoline range is made up of a 1.4 TSI with 148 hp (150 PS) and a 2.0 TSI with 177 hp (180 PS), while diesel fans can choose between a 2.0 TDI with 148 hp (150 PS) and a 2.0 TDI with 187 hp (190 PS).