Skoda will start a facelifted edition of the Kodiaq on 13 April and a teaser video and image have offered our most effective search but at the Czech company’s updated flagship SUV.
It’ll be the most important spherical of advancements but for Skoda’s largest SUV given that its start in 2016, with updates concentrating on styling and further engineering, with a new vRS flagship product joining the line-up, much too.
Skoda’s teaser video confirms that the new Kodiaq will get slimmer LED headlights positioned over a new established of fog lamps, and a redesigned hexagonal radiator grille.
There’ll also be a new ingestion across the entrance apron, which runs the width of the bumper, while clean LED tail lights with the brand’s trademark crystalline lens pattern will characteristic at the rear. The teaser video also reveals a new wheel layout.
Skoda has not but unveiled any concrete facts on the Kodiaq’s interior updates, but the firm’s promised “technological enhancements” will probable incorporate some updated driver aid kit and Skoda’s hottest infotainment engineering. There will however be an solution of a 7-seat product as nicely.
We have currently witnessed the latter on the fourth-technology Octavia and, while Skoda is not likely to introduce the hatchback’s cabin layout on the Kodiaq, its 10-inch infotainment technique will probable make the jump, supplying voice and gesture manage, as well as other applications.
As for engines, the Kodiaq’s present-day line-up of TSI petrol and TDI diesel units will continue.
At present, the range opens with a 148bhp turbocharged one.five-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor, over which sits a 187bhp two.-litre TSI petrol and two two.-litre turbodiesels with 148bhp and 197bhp. The most effective petrol and both of those diesels are also obtainable with 4-wheel drive.
At the stop of final 12 months, Skoda pulled the significant-effectiveness Kodiaq vRS from the showrooms due to at any time-tightening emissions restrictions, but the product is tipped to return as portion of the SUV’s mid-lifetime update with a greener powertrain.
Skoda will do away with the pre-facelift car’s 237bhp twin-turbocharged diesel engine and swap it for a petrol device. A probable prospect is the 242bhp two.-litre TSI motor identified in the hottest Octavia vRS.
Automobile Convey also understands that there are no strategies to fit the facelifted Kodiaq with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That is not for lack of decision, though, as Skoda has accessibility to the Volkswagen Group’s one.4-litre PHEV powertrain, which has also currently identified its way into the hottest Octavia.
A edition of the exact device is also obtainable on the Excellent, which shares the Kodiaq’s MQB platform, indicating it ought to be rather uncomplicated for Skoda to introduce the engineering at a afterwards date ought to there be ample client demand from customers.
Once the start event is out of the way, the updated Skoda Kodiaq is predicted to go on sale in the British isles this summer time, with rates setting up from all-around £27,000.
Now read our review of the Skoda Kodiaq vRS…