Skoda has unveiled the all-new Mountiaq pickup truck which was designed and created in the new Student Concept Car project. A total of 35 apprentices from the Skoda Vocational School presented the new pickup truck following eight months of intense work. It is based on the popular Kodiaq SUV but has been reinvented through the student project. Every year the team of apprentices create a brand new car based on a vehicle in the carmaker’s lineup. Last year was the Sunroq which was a convertible version of the Karoq SUV.
As Carsten Brandes, Head of the ŠKODA Academy, points out, “Like its predecessor models, the ŠKODA MOUNTIAQ highlights the exceptional technical competence and craftsmanship of our students.
“Year after year, their work demonstrates the superior quality of the professional training at our vocational school.”
Over 2,000 hours of work went into the development of the vehicle and work began in Autumn 2018.
“Building the ŠKODA MOUNTIAQ with our own hands was a unique opportunity for all of us, as we were able to use our theoretical know-how in a practical context”, said Petr Zemanec.
“We also benefited from the new connections we were able to establish with students on other career paths.
“We will never forget the over 2,000 hours of work we spent making our unique pickup.”
The production phase begun in January this year and body and paint shop work took place simultaneously so that the deadline could be met.
The roof was removed from the car and a new rear panel for the cab as well as a new rear window and side windows were created.
There is a hidden storage compartment underneath the rear bed giving it more practicality. Doors were also shortened and widened and the numbers at the front and rear were all modified.
Its looks overall have been altered and made more rigged given the wheel arches, winch, bullbar, and special lighting effects.
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.
Ground clearance has been increased by 10cm to aid it off-road and 17-inch Rockstar II wheels, as well as special off-road tyres with a particularly deep tread, have been added to the car.
Powering the car is a 2.0 TSI petrol engine delivers ample 140 kW (190 PS) of power. It shares a new hallmark of Skoda cars with the brand name spelled along the rear of the car and it has been finished in Sunset Orange.
The first ŠKODA Student Concept Car built in 2014 was a two-seater version of the ŠKODA CITIGO, named the CITIJET.
It was followed by the FUNSTAR, a ŠKODA FABIA pickup, and the ATERO, a coupé based on the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK.
In 2017, the apprentices once again used the ŠKODA CITIGO as their basis to build the electric ELEMENT. The fifth Student Concept Car was the 2018 SUNROQ convertible concept based on the ŠKODA KAROQ.
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