Meet The Strapping One-Off Skoda Mountiaq Pick-Up

Czech automaker Skoda has unveiled the Mountiaq pickup, a one-off concept developed by apprentices at the Skoda Vocational School in Mladá Boleslav. The team worked on the pickup for eight months and the result is a rugged truck with a 187bhp turbo 4cyl petrol engine.

The all-wheel-drive Mountiaq includes an array of off-road features such as 17-inch wheels with massive tires, which give it a 10cm increase in ride height over the Kodiaq Scout. The pickup has been customized in “sunset orange” and sports a series of illuminated add-ons, including the badge, engine bay, load bay and grille. The Mountiaq also boasts a snorkel, bull bar and winch, as well as a metal-trimmed load bay and short roof and a LED light bar mounted above the windshield, making it the ideal mountain pickup.

According to sources, the end product is nothing short of impressive. Aside from its solid exterior structure, inside, the Mountiaq features custom upholstery with a personalized logo embroidered on the seats as well as flashlights, compasses and water bottles with carabiner clips, while in the load bay, drivers will find a foldable camping table and an inflatable kayak.

In the back, drivers won’t find seats, rather the rear of the cab includes a small storage section, which surrounds a 2000W amplifier and sub-woofer. The storage also comes with Skoda-branded mugs and a few useful outdoor tools, such as an ax and cooking utensils.

The pickup measures 196.8 inches long, 79 inches wide, and 67.3 inches tall, making it considerably longer, wider, and taller than the standard Kodiaq. It weighs 5,401 pounds and has a ground clearance of 11.4 inches, which surpasses that of the Kodiaq Scout by 4 inches.

According to apprentice Melanie Grmolenska, when Skoda head Bernhard Maier saw the Mountiaq he said, " it should definitely be a production vehicle." Consumers, however, should not expect to see a Skoda Mountiaq any time soon. The company is already struggling to meet demand in Europe, therefore, producing a niche vehicle is unlikely.

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Skoda, founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement, is headquartered in Mladá Boleslav. In 1925, the automaker was taken over by the industrial conglomerate Škoda Works, which became state-owned in 1948. After 1991, it was slowly privatized and by 2000, it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. Skoda vehicles are sold in over 100 countries and in 2018, total global sales reached 1.25 million units, an increase of 4.4% from 2017. As of 2017, Skoda's profit margin was the second highest of all VW Group brands after Porsche.

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