This is the Mountiaq, Škoda’s concept pick up truck based on the Skoda Kodiaq. A total of 35 Škoda apprentices from seven different career paths, among them six women, were involved in the development and production of the Skoda Mountiaq. The sixth consecutive Student Car is a one-off and the remarkable result of months of work. During the course of the project, the apprentices were supported by their instructors as well as Škoda experts from the Design, Production, and Technical Development departments.
The Škoda Mountiaq is the first Student Car based on the Škoda Kodiaq. It is 4,999 millimetres long, 2,005 millimetres wide and 1,710 millimetres tall. The wheelbase is 2,788 millimetres, and the vehicle weighs in at 2,450 kilograms. For enhanced off-road capabilities, the trainees increased their one-off model’s ground clearance by 100 millimetres over that of the Kodiaq, to a full 290 millimetres. They achieved this in part by fitting 17-inch Rockstar II wheels as well as special off-road tyres with a particularly deep tread. The new wheels also increased the Mountiaq’s track width by 30 millimetres. A muscular 2.0 TSI petrol engine delivers 187 BHp.
With its raised air intake snorkel and the winch at the front, framed by a bullbar, the concept car immediately commands attention. The winch and its specially designed mount are built to withstand the most extreme stresses encountered in off-road use. The students displayed particular creativity in designing the lighting for the Mountiaq. In addition to the illuminated load bed, the Škoda Mountiaq’s radiator grille, brand logo on the bonnet and engine bay all feature lighting effects as well. The front doors project a Š logo onto the road, and the pickup’s front section sports new fog lights. Other standout design features are the unique light bar on the roof and the special Sunset Orange paint finish developed by the students.
Inside, embroidered in orange on the front seats’ backrests, it picks up the hue of the exterior paint finish as well as the colours of the orange highlights on the steering wheel and shift lever. As rad as the Mountiaq may be, it will sadly remain purely a concept car to prove what Skoda’s vocational students are capable of when given a donor vehicle to turn it into something truly special.