The premiere of the second generation Skoda Kodiaq is scheduled for autumn, but the Czechs are already revealing their cards. First, a body welded at a factory in the Czech Republic was shown, and now Skoda has shared photos of a car sealed in camouflage film during sea trials. And declassified key figures.
So, with the change of generation, Kodiaq will become 61 mm longer (up to 4758 mm), 18 mm narrower (up to 1864 mm) and 4 m lower (up to 1657 mm), while the wheelbase will remain the same (2791 mm).
The streamlined shape of the “front end” and the reduced area of the frontal projection helped to reduce the drag coefficient from 0.318 to 0.292. The MQB Evo platform with “MacPherson” in front and “multi-link” in the back will migrate to the new generation without significant changes.
The increased rear overhang will have a positive effect on the volume of the trunk: in the five-seater version, it will grow from 835 to 910 liters, and in the seven-seat version, from 270 to 340 liters (or from 765 to 845 liters, if the third row is folded). The “gallery” in the new Kodiaq will also be more spacious: the Czechs say that 15 mm have been added above the heads of third-row passengers.
The main change in the cabin is the transmission selector mounted on the steering column. This is necessary to clear the central tunnel, where the new Kodiaq will have two cooled compartments for inductive charging of a smartphone with a power of 15W. The central touchscreen has a diagonal of 12.9 inches, the digital instrument panel is 10.25 inches. A head-up display will be available for an extra charge.
As in the case of the new Tiguan, in expensive trim levels, the Kodiaq will be equipped with a DCC Pro suspension with two-valve shock absorbers, for which compression and rebound parameters can be set separately. Other “general” novelties are Hella matrix headlights and a smartphone-controlled car park. Set of electronic assistants
The new Kodiaq will be available in two hybrid versions based on a 1.5-liter turbo engine. A mild hybrid (150 hp) with a 48-volt starter-alternator and a small battery will open the range, and the most expensive version will be the plug-in hybrid Kodiaq iV (204 hp) with a full traction electric motor and a battery of 25.6 kWh, which will allow you to overcome 100 km in fully electric mode. Another feature of the iV version is the six-speed DSG robot instead of the seven-speed for all other versions.
Both hybrids are front-wheel drive, as is the initial version with a 2.0-liter diesel (150 hp). Crossovers with a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo engine (204 hp) and boosted to 193 hp With. diesel will be all-wheel drive, with a clutch for connecting the rear axle.
The start of serial production of the new Kodiaq at the plant in Kvasiny is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. The change of generation will not require large-scale investments in the modernization of production: it was previously reported that new conveyor lines for assembling the chassis, manipulators and robots for pasting glass cost the Volkswagen concern 12 million euros.