Skoda to showcase student-built Kodiaq pick-up concept

Skoda will showcase a one-off Kodiaq pick-up concept in June, as part of a student training programme.

The two-door pick-up concept has been developed by 35 students aged between 17 and 20 from the Skoda Vocational School for Mechanical Engineering, based at the Czech firm’s Mlada Boleslav base. It will be the sixth machine developed as part of an annual Skoda Student Concept Car project, and there is no production intent for the machine.

The students were given the Kodiaq SUV as a starting point for the project, but are in the process of extensively reworking it. Only a sketch has been released so far, but it shows the concept will feature large off-road wheels, with the bodywork restyled with a series of sharp edges. The SUV’s cabin will be shortened to end behind the front seats, with the rear of the large SUV replaced with what appears a relatively small pick-up bed.

Skoda chief designer Oliver Stefani helped guide the students in the early stages of the project.

Skoda has offered vocational training courses at its factory for more than 90 years, and introduced the concept car projects as a way of showcasing the skills students can learn.

Previous projects include a Citigo-based Citijet, a Fabia pick-up, a coupé reworking of the Rapid Spaceback, an electric Citigo concept and a Karoq-based convertible called the Sunroq.

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