At the time, the Skoda Kodiaq was the first large 7-seater crossover for Skoda Kodiaq, and this guaranteed its success at the start of its career. And so it was: the first-generation Skoda Kodiaq crossover has sold almost 842 thousand copies worldwide since its launch. Now it’s time for a successor. So, what will the second-generation Skoda Kodiaq offer to maintain and build on its success?
Traditional design and increased size
A quick glance at the front of the car and it may seem that this is just a deep restyling of the “first” Skoda Kodiaq: two-story headlights, a wide radiator grille, a slightly modified bumper. However, a glance at the sides or the rear leaves no doubt that we are looking at a completely new car! Because the main design features from the side are a wide rear pillar with a dark chrome finish, and narrow C-shaped headlights at the rear.
In fact, there are a lot of changes. For example, the latest TOP LED Matrix headlights are now available for the Skoda Kodiaq, which have 50% more light elements (36 elements in total) and deliver 15% more lighting power. The grille can also be equipped with decorative spot lighting. The second-generation Skoda Kodiaq crossover has new 17- to 20-inch wheels and new body colors, including this rich bronze color.
The new Skoda Kodiaq can also be immediately recognized if you have a ruler at hand: the car has added a considerable 6 centimeters. Thus, the length of the novelty is 4.76 meters, the width is 1.86 meters, and the height reaches 1.66 meters. The wheelbase stretches to 2.79 meters. The new Skoda Kodiaq is still one of the largest cars of the brand.
Along with the debut of the main Skoda Kodiaq model, its sport version was also presented. All the changes relate only to the decor: bumper plates, painted moldings, special wheels; plus improved equipment. This “sporty” Skoda Kodiaq crossover looks really good! But in fact, another version is more interesting…
For the first time for Skoda Kodiaq – a hybrid with rechargeability
In line with current trends, the Skoda Kodiaq crossover has become more electrified. For the first time for the model, a plug-in hybrid is offered: the combination of a 1.5TSI gasoline engine and an electric motor offers us 204 hp of power, and a rather large battery (almost 26 kWh) promises us a range of about 100 km on electric drive. Not bad!
Of course, other engines will also be offered – two gasoline and two diesel engines. The range opens with a 150-horsepower 1.5 TSI gasoline engine with mild hybrid technology and front-wheel drive, followed by a 204-horsepower 2.0 TSI gasoline engine with all-wheel drive. The TDI diesel engines are always 2-liter, but there is also a choice of power and drive type – either a 150-horsepower version and front-wheel drive or a 193-horsepower version and all-wheel drive.
Interestingly, for all versions of the second generation Skoda Kodiaq, the DSG transmission is now included as standard. And this affects not only the technology, but also the interior of the car…
Inside – more space, more inventiveness, larger displays
It is clear that with the growth of the car’s size, the interior space has increased accordingly: more legroom for rear passengers, more trunk space. Thus, the standard 5-seater version offers a 910-liter trunk with the possibility of increasing to 2105 liters. The 7-seater version (yes, there will be a 7-seater version) offers a trunk volume of 340/845/2035 liters, depending on the seat position. And the 7-seater version is also ready to offer an additional 15 mm above the heads of third-row passengers – it should be more comfortable.
However, there are many interesting things not only in the overall dimensions, millimeters, and liters, but also in the interior details. For example, thanks to the mandatory use of an automatic transmission, its selector was moved under the steering wheel, which freed up space for a large, comfortable niche in the center tunnel. By the way, among other things, you can find 15 W wireless chargers with cooling there.
The interior of the new Skoda Kodiaq also features smart switches: they are responsible for controlling the climate, heated seats, audio volume, driving modes, and more. And, of course, there are displays: a 10-inch color “virtual cockpit” as a dashboard and a 10- or even 13-inch touchscreen display for controlling the multimedia system.
This is only the first information about the new Skoda Kodiaq; later there will be launch dates in different countries, specific versions depending on the market, expansion of modifications, etc. However, even now, everything indicates that the second-generation car will be a worthy successor to its predecessor and will find many buyers.