Ahead of its global debut on October 4, Skoda Auto has gone on to reveal the official design sketches of its all-new SUV – the Kodiaq. Measuring 4,758mm in length, the second-generation Kodiaq will be longer than before, while it retains the same width (1,864mm), height (1,657mm), and wheelbase (2,791mm). In the company's India lineup, this model is currently in its first generation and is offered at a revised price of Rs 38.50 lakh, reflecting a price hike of Rs 51,338 that it recently underwent. For the top-end L&K variant, prospective buyers have to shell out Rs 41.95 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. The upcoming Skoda Kodiaq seems to promise a fresh and dynamic appearance while maintaining some of the signature Skoda styling bits, most noticeable in the Skoda 'Butterfly' grille (also found on the Slavia and the Kushaq) and the sculpted bonnet. Second-generation split LED matrix headlights form part of the front fascia, while its rear end gets a C-shaped taillamp setup, a red bar that connects the taillights, as well as the optional D-pillar trim in a 'dark chrome' finish.
When viewed from the side, the squared-off wheel arches, body cladding, and a solid rear bumper enhance its boxy character. The wheel sizes range from standard 17-inch to 20-inch. There is the 'Skoda' badging which is centrally positioned on the tailgate.
Sharing his thoughts on the Kodiaq's design, Oliver Stefani, Skoda's Chief Designer, said, "The all-new Kodiaq is both modern and dynamic, with a strikingly distinctive look. In line with the ‘form follows function' principle, we have incorporated the first elements of our future Modern Solid design language. The design not only emphasises practicality but also enhances aerodynamics with its dynamic shape."
New Skoda Kodiaq: Interior
The new Kodiaq comes with a revamped dashboard layout. A 12.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is on offer. Then, there are smart rotary dials with 1.25-inch built-in displays below the infotainment system. In addition to LED matrix headlights, these rotary controls will also make their debut on the vehicle. The gear selector is now located on the steering wheel column, much like in Mercedes-Benz cars, which is another significant alteration. Other bits include vertically stacked vents, leatherette upholstery, and a 10.0-inch digital instrument cluster with a HUD display.
The new Kodiaq will be available in 5- and 7-seater configurations. The 5-seater version will have a luggage space of 910 litres, while the 7-seater version will get a reasonable 340 to 854 litres of space. The car even promises 15mm more headroom for third-row passengers.
New Skoda Kodiaq: Engine Options
The Skoda Kodiaq is based on an updated version of the MQB platform, just like the majority of the forthcoming ICE-powered vehicles from the Volkswagen Group. Under the skin, the Kodiaq will receive diesel, petrol, mild hybrid, and plug-in hybrid options. Two petrol engines on offer include a 1.5-litre TSI unit with mild-hybrid tech and a 2.0-litre TSI version with a four-wheel drive system.
The brand's 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, available in 2 states of tune, is paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, use a 1.5 TSI gasoline engine in conjunction with an electric motor and a 25.7kWh battery to provide an electric range of over 100 kilometres (claimed). This setup is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
The Kodiaq's global debut will take place on October 4, 2023. The world premiere will be streamed live on the Skoda Storyboard as well as on its YouTube channel at 18:45 (CEST).