Volkswagen-owned Skoda recently confirmed the name of its new large SUV. As we’ve suspected for some time, the German seven-seater is called the Kodiaq.

Kodiak 4x4

The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives near the southern coast of Alaska, in a place called Kodiak Island. Those who live on Kodiak Island, the Altuiiq people, refer to the Kodiak bear as Taq uka ‘aq. To keep in line with the Altuiiq language, Skoda spelt the name of its new car with a q, rather than a k. 

Skoda announced that the car will be 4.7 metres long and will ‘comfortably’ sit four people. It’s probably safe to assume, as Skoda have hinted, that the name of the car will reflect its nature; big dimensions, muscular lines and hopefully, some off-road competence. The car is scheduled for its global launch in the second half of 2016 and is likely to land down-under sometime in 2017.