The new, second-generation Skoda Kodiaq is bigger, bolder and more advanced than its hugely successful predecessor – while introducing plug-in hybrid power for the first time.
The Czech brand's reinvented flagship has been revealed just a few weeks after sibling brand Volkswagen unwrapped the new Tiguan, with which it shares its MQB-Evo platform and much of its technical make-up.
However, the parallels are all hidden beneath the skin, with the Kodiaq adopting its own distinctive new look in line with Skoda's new-era design ethos.
Skoda boss Klaus Zellmer said: "The new Skoda Kodiaq takes the Skoda features our customers appreciate to the next level: more space, more features and more efficiency."
It is the first production car to be styled with elements from the 'Modern Solid' philosophy previewed by last year's Vision 7S concept, which gives the new Kodiaq a more overtly rugged and utilitarian billing than its predecessor.
Highlights of the refresh include squared-off wheel arches, a prominent hexagonal grille, a heavily sculpted bonnet and model badging in a new corporate font.
The makeover is capped off by Skoda's clean new logo, which makes its first appearance on a production car. Also new for the 2024 Kodiaq is the option of an LED light strip running across the front end, which brings it into line with its electric Enyaq sibling.
Skoda head of design Oliver Stefani said the second-generation SUV has been designed according to the principle of 'form follows function', adding: "The design not only emphasises practicality but also enhances the aerodynamics with its dynamic shape."
In fact, the blocky new look belies the "major aerodynamic advancements" achieved via the sloping roofline, active cooling shutters, sleek new mirrors, a chunky rear wing and cleaner-lined bumpers. Skoda claims a drag coefficient of 0.282 for the new car.
The design overhaul accompanies a "moderate but effective" increase in overall dimensions. Measuring 61mm longer than its predecessor and with a wheelbase of 2791mm, the new Kodiaq offers more space for each passenger while boosting load capacity in the boot.