The new-generation Kodiaq and the Superb have been tested extensively by Skoda before the forthcoming global premiere. The Czech automaker publicly revealed pictures of both vehicles being tested in the most extreme weather and temperature conditions. Skoda started evaluating the new models about four years ago, however, real-world testing commenced only two years earlier. The new Superb and the Kodiaq prototypes had travelled more than a million kilometres in just two years. During the test runs, they endured temperatures as low as -30 °C in the Arctic and nearly 50 °C in the Arizona desert. According to the Czech carmaker, the new Kodiaq and the Superb models have finished the intense testing programme and are all set for global debuts in the upcoming weeks.
New Skoda Kodiaq, Superb: Testing Updates
In addition to being exposed to temperatures as low as -30 °C north of the Arctic Circle, the new Superb and Kodiaq have been evaluated in the extreme heat of Spain, Africa, and the Arizona desert at temperatures of up to 50 °C. The vehicles have also been driven on 13% inclines in the Austrian Alps, which according to Skoda, helped to analyze the models' heat regulation and brake performance. Skoda further took the step to gauge possible charging options and infrastructure because both model series will also be offered as PHEV variants with an electric range of more than 100 kilometres.
Florian Weymar, Head of Skoda Auto Quality Assurance, states “Before the start of series production, we assess all of the roughly 7,000 components. Our rigorous test programmes yield precise data on each part’s resilience, durability, and overall quality. From these extreme tests, we gain insights into factors like thermal endurance and even the durability of paints and finishes. We are committed to identifying and implementing any necessary adjustments.”
New Skoda Kodiaq, Superb: Key Highlights
Regarding the new Skoda Superb and the Kodiaq drivetrains, the Czech car manufacturer disclosed that both will be equipped with plug-in hybrid units that will provide more than a 100-kilometre range in all-electric mode. A variety of new features and design enhancements will be included in both vehicles. A fully digital 10-inch instrument panel and a free-standing 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system are only two of the parts they will have in common inside. Additionally, there will be smart dials with screens beneath the HVAC vents of both cars.
The upcoming Skoda Kodiaq will be equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a mild hybrid system, which together generate 150bhp. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will send power to the front wheels. Additionally, there will be an option to choose a larger 2.0-litre engine with all-wheel drive, producing 204bhp. In the plug-in hybrid variant, a combination of a 1.5-litre TSI engine with an electric motor will be used. Similar powertrain options, including diesel engines, will also be available for the new Skoda Superb.
New Skoda Kodiaq, Superb: India Launch
The new models are expected to arrive in India after their international launch. Once they are launched, the Superb sedan will be a viable option for those who prefer an alternative to the Toyota Camry, while the new Skoda Kodiaq will continue to compete against other vehicles like the Jeep Meridian, the Toyota Fortuner, and the MG Gloster.