New commercial vehicle Škoda Praktik
Škoda Auto is going to extend its portfolio with a new commercial vehicle called Škoda Praktik, a two-seater with a large freight compartment (volume 1,783 litres, length 1,555 mm, width 1,016-1,429 mm, height 987 mm) separated from the driver's cabin with a sliding panel. Considering the new vehicle's parameters, the Škoda Praktik is likely to be used primarily by delivery service providers, small traders, craftsmen and small and medium enterprises.
Derived from the Škoda Roomster, the new Škoda Praktik offers handling properties and comfort of a passenger car. The driver's cabin offers enough storage space in the door and passenger areas, including a holder for parking receipts, a door-mounted bottle holder and a cup holder in the console between the seats. It differs from the current N1 version by its specifically designed freight compartment.
The Škoda Praktik's basic equipment level includes ABS with a brake assistant, four airbags (driver, passenger and two side airbags) and an adjustable steering wheel. Optional equipment levels include ASR, “Corner” fog lamps, a radio and phone control module, a mobile navigation preparation kit, and more. Storage compartments below the seats and behind them further increase the interior’s use value.
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The vehicle's interior is upholstered with Fresh Onyx (highly resistant surface material), the freight compartment floor is a three-unit system with an anti-slip finish. Solid and resistant sheet metal panels are used in the rear side door windows instead of glass. The tailgate window is glazed and can be supplemented with an optional security grid.
Offering a payload of 560 kg, the Škoda Praktik will be available with two petrol engines (1.2 12V HTP/51 kW and 1.4 16V/63 kW) and one diesel engine (1.4 TDI PD/51 kW). With a special modification the payload can be increased up to 640 kg. The launch of the Škoda Praktik production & sales are scheduled to start in the spring of 2007.