Skoda’s new pick-up truck based on the Kodiaq: the ‘Mountiaq’

Skoda's student have unveiled the 'Mountiaq' as their annual project. It's not quite what I would refer to as subtle

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Every year as part of their program, Skoda tasks  apprentices at its Mladá Boleslav HQ with designing, developing and even building a one-off concept based on one of the company’s existing models. You can imagine there have been some interesting ones, to say the least.

This year, though, the team took things to the next level with this – the Kodiaq-based ‘Mountiaq’. Yes thats right, the apprentices’ sixth concept is effectively a Kodiaq pick-up. And a bright orange one at that.

The Mountiaq took the 35 student team a total of 2,000 hours to finish. Work began last autumn, but production only started in January, ahead of a May deadline. After reinforcing the body, the students removed the Kodiaq’s roof, fitted a new rear panel and bed and shortened/widened the doors. Following that, they fitted running boards, the opening tailgate that was supposedly their “biggest challenge” and finally modified bumpers.

It’s 4,999 millimeters long, 2,005 millimetres wide and 1,710 milliliters tall, thus making the Mountiaq bigger in every respect than the Kodiaq on which it was based. It is also heavier as well, weighing in at nearly 2.5 tons. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre petrol engine with 190bhp.

The increase in weight was primarily due to adding off-road tires and wheels. They also equipped it with a snorkel, winch, bull-bar and light-bar. And, because these are youths we’re talking about, a whopping great stereo.

Do you reckon Skoda’s students have got it right this time?