Skoda Auto, the Czech automobile manufacturer, has released the first official images of the new generation cars, which will go on sale in the autumn of 2023. For those unaware, both the top SUV for the brand, the Kodiaq, and the flagship Superb in hatchback and Combi versions are among the upcoming models. The cars will come with options for plug-in and mild hybrid vehicles as well as contemporary, effective petrol and diesel engines. The company unveiled images at the "Let's Explore" event showcasing new exterior designs, redesigned interiors, and enhanced technology. The vehicles are slated to go on sale this autumn. Notably, the Superb and the Kodiaq, two essential models in the automaker's lineup, have been hugely profitable for the company. Since the 1930s, when it was first introduced, the Superb has gone through several generations. The third-generation Superb, which debuted in 2015, has delivered more than 7,77,000 units to customers, whereas the Kodiaq, which debuted in 2016, has already sold more than 7,40,000 units globally.
Next-gen Skoda Kodiaq & Superb: Styling
Very little of the design is visible in the silhouette images Skoda shared, but they do show both models' distinctive LED light signatures. Comparable to the third-generation model that it replaces, the Superb has a single L-shaped LED headlight signature. The estate and the sedan models' thin, C-shaped LED taillights are visible at the back. The Superb Combi's spoiler and lip spoiler are also discernible. The teaser image for the Kodiaq depicts the second-generation SUV with two LED headlight signatures, one of which is L-shaped and the other is smaller. The SUV's taillights are also equipped with C-shaped LEDs at the back. The ones on the Kodiaq have a more pointed, hexagonal-like shape as opposed to the flat design they had on the Superbs. The SUV's rear appears to be designed like the BMW X5, and it is also visible with a spoiler.
Next-gen Skoda Kodiaq & Superb: Expected Powertrain and Production Details
The new Superb and the Kodiaq will still have petrol and diesel engines, in addition to getting plug-in and mild hybrid ones. However, Skoda hasn't yet provided any information about the available powertrain options. The new Superb will be produced under the same roof at Volkswagen Group's Bratislava plant in Slovakia. Since the modern sedan was introduced in 2001, the model has served as Skoda's premium offering in its ICE lineup, and more than 15.32 lakh units have been sold worldwide over three generations. With the Superb, the automaker claims to offer "a generous amount of interior space combined with lots of convenient features." The new Volkswagen Passat, which will share its underpinnings with the Superb, will also be manufactured at the same facility. While the Passat will only get the station wagon version with the next generation, the new Superb will be available in sedan and station wagon body styles.
Meanwhile, production of the Skoda Kodiaq's successor will continue at the Czech Republic's Kravinsy plant. According to Skoda, the new "Kodiaq Kodiaq will take safety, technology, and versatility to the next level."
Skoda BEV Range Expansion Plans
Skoda plans to roll out six new electric vehicles (EVs) in the market by 2026. After investing a total of €5.6 billion in e-mobility, the company intends to expand its lineup of electric vehicles to six models by 2026. The four new EV models include a roomy "Combi" estate model, a seven-seater SUV dubbed "Space," a "Small" BEV in the small SUV segment, and a "Compact" Elroq in the compact SUV segment. The Enyaq iV and the Enyaq Coupé iV were the first two Skoda models to utilise the Volkswagen Group's Modular Electrification Platform (MEB). These models will be updated in 2025 to reflect the new design aesthetic that will be used throughout the entire line of Skoda EV vehicles.