This year we are waiting for two major premieres from Skoda at once. Already this fall, the Czechs will show the second generation of the Kodiaq crossover, followed by the premiere of the new Superb, which will become even more related to the Passat, and by no means on secondary rights.
There are already some technical details about the second Kodiak. It is known for certain that the plug-in hybrid Kodiaq iV will enter the market along with the petrol and diesel versions; it is also planned to widely use starter-generators for the sake of formal electrification of the gamma.
The novelty will retain the MQB platform as the basis, however, Skoda promises to take a step forward in terms of manufacturability, safety and versatility while maintaining the advantages of the first generation machine.
Kodiaq will continue to be produced at the Kvasiny plant, along with the Karoq compact crossover and the Superb and Superb iV liftbacks, but this neighborhood will not last long: the assembly of the new generation B9 Superb will be moved to Bratislava (the future VW Passat will also be localized in Slovakia) to free up production capacity. Skoda wants to produce up to 410 Kodiaks daily, and the total production of two crossovers in the Czech Republic should increase by 150 thousand cars.
New conveyor lines for assembling the chassis, manipulators and robots for gluing glass will appear on the territory of the plant: the volume of investments in the retrofitting of the site has already amounted to 12 million euros. At the same time, the first bodies of the new Kodiaq have already been welded – and we can look at them.
New body compared to restyled first generation Kodiaq
The primed body distorts the proportions a little, but it is already noticeable that the window line of the new Kodiaq is higher than that of its predecessor (besides, there is a slight rise in the C-pillar area), and the A-pillar is tilted more for better aerodynamics. Also, the teaser shows that the exterior mirrors will be mounted on legs to the door, which is designed to reduce the noise level in the cabin when driving at highway speeds. Door handles are located higher, but there will be no aerodynamic solutions, judging by the shape of the recesses in the doors.
The intricate shape of the hood also attracts attention. Apparently, the radiator grille will become larger, and the headlight modules will be slightly inclined towards the center: we expect an aggressive profile from the new Kodiaq in the spirit of the Enyaq electric car. On the video teaser, we managed to see the landing recesses for the taillights, and if before they were distinguished by a small break in the Kodiak, then in the new generation they will be of a “full” L-shaped shape.