Skoda will be rolling out a new large SUV in the second half of 2016 (market launch early 2017) and it will be called Kodiaq. The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on the remote Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska.

Standing up to three metres tall and weighing around 400 kg, Kodiak males are one of the largest and strongest bear species. In contrast to some other bears, they live peacefully and are social animals. Kodiaks form social bonds, share experiences and play together, and some will even share their best locations for catching salmon, Skoda says.

Big, strong but friendly could be values that are shared with the car. At 4.70 metres long, Skoda’s new SUV can “comfortably seat seven people and offers remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track.” The VW-owned brand adds that “the hidden power of the Kodiaq can also be seen in its design – distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, robust and strong appearance.”

At this year’s Geneva show, Skoda unveiled the VisionS concept car with an identical 4.7m length. Coupled with a width of 1.91m, the showcar has a slightly larger footprint than the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. It sits on the VW Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform and has six seats in three rows (middle row will be changed to a three-seat bench). Boot volume is 460 litres.

GALLERY: Skoda VisionS