Since the late 1920s, Skoda has run an in-house academy to train the designers and engineers of the future, and each year since 2014 the academy has produced a one-off concept car to showcase the skills they have learnt. This year they have come up with the Skoda Mountiaq pickup truck.
The Mountiaq is the result of eight months of work by 35 apprentice students, and takes Skoda’s Kodiaq SUV and totally redesigns the whole vehicle. The finished concept retains the mechanical underpinnings of the large SUV, which is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. Although the Mountiaq utilises the existing 187bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, the bodywork and interior have been extensively reworked.
The Mountiaq’s bodywork has been reinforced and the rear has been replaced with a flat load bed. The students have also fitted new, shortened and widened doors to match the new design. The front & rear bumpers along with the running boards have also been redesigned to give the Mountiaq a much more aggressive look.
To boost its off-road capabilities the ride height has also been raised by 100mm over the Kodiaq Scout. Much of the exterior design work was also intended to make the Mountiaq appear more rugged. There is a front air intake snorkel, with a winch and bull bars mounted on the front grille. The students fitted new lighting effects into the grille, Skoda logo and engine bay, along with a new roof-mounted light bar.
We absolutely love the Skoda Mountiaq pickup truck as a concept vehicle and wish that it would be put it into full production, however, at the moment they have no plans to do so.
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