Facelifted Skoda Kodiaq teased forward of launch subsequent week
It’ll be probably the most vital spherical of enhancements but for Skoda’s largest SUV since its launch in 2016, with upgrades specializing in styling and additional know-how, with a brand new vRS flagship mannequin becoming a member of the line-up, too.
Skoda’s teaser video confirms that the brand new Kodiaq will get slimmer LED headlights positioned above a brand new set of fog lamps, and a redesigned hexagonal radiator grille.
There’ll even be a brand new consumption throughout the entrance apron, which runs the width of the bumper, whereas recent LED tail lights with the model’s trademark crystalline lens sample will function on the rear. The teaser video additionally reveals a brand new wheel design.
Skoda hasn’t but launched any concrete info on the Kodiaq’s inside updates, however the agency’s promised “technological enhancements” will doubtless embody some up to date driver help package and Skoda’s newest infotainment know-how. There’ll nonetheless be an choice of a seven-seat mannequin as effectively.
We’ve already seen the latter on the fourth-generation Octavia and, whereas Skoda is unlikely to introduce the hatchback’s cabin design on the Kodiaq, its 10-inch infotainment system will doubtless make the leap, providing voice and gesture management, plus different functions.
At present, the vary opens with a 148bhp turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, above which sits a 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol and two 2.0-litre turbodiesels with 148bhp and 197bhp. Essentially the most highly effective petrol and each diesels are additionally obtainable with four-wheel drive.
On the finish of final yr, Skoda pulled the high-performance Kodiaq vRS from the showrooms attributable to ever-tightening emissions laws, however the mannequin is tipped to return as a part of the SUV’s mid-life replace with a greener powertrain.
Skoda will put off the pre-facelift automobile’s 237bhp twin-turbocharged diesel engine and swap it for a petroleum unit. A probable candidate is the 242bhp 2.0-litre TSI engine discovered within the newest Octavia vRS.
Auto Specific additionally understands that there are not any plans to suit the facelifted Kodiaq with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. That’s not for lack of alternative, although, as Skoda has entry to the Volkswagen Group’s 1.4-litre PHEV powertrain, which has additionally already discovered its manner into the most recent Octavia.
A model of the identical unit can be obtainable on the Very good, which shares the Kodiaq’s MQB platform, that means it must be comparatively straightforward for Skoda to introduce the know-how at a later date ought to there be adequate buyer demand.
As soon as the launch occasion is out of the best way, the up to date Skoda Kodiaq is anticipated to go on sale within the UK this summer season, with costs ranging from round £27,000.
Now learn our overview of the Skoda Kodiaq vRS…