2019 Skoda Kodiaq GT coupe-SUV almost ready

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It’ll use the VW Group’s 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine and a DSG, with front-wheel and all-wheel drive options likely. Unlike the three-row Kodiaq, the GT version will be a five-seater only.

China is now Skoda’s biggest market by far. It accounted for more than a quarter of the 1.2 million global sales total it managed in 2017, miles ahead of second-placed Germany.

Whether there’ll be a European version more suited to mature markets remains to be seen, though with the Czech brand’s manufacturing plants already bursting at the seems, it would require some restructuring or steep capital investment.

Instead, people who want a more desirable Kodiaq outside China will need to get the 176kW/500Nm twin-turbo-diesel Kodiaq RS, premiering this October in Paris.

Only that won’t be coming to Australia either. Boo, and indeed hoo. It’s too hot here, Skoda says, though last we checked, Spain (where it will definitely be sold) gets hot too…

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