Prototype of flagship seven-seater spotted with redesigned front end and test rig for new powertrain
Felix Page Autocar writer
19 June 2019

Skoda is set to update its Kodiaq large SUV after nearly three years on sale, and a camouflaged prototype has been spotted testing ahead of an anticipated reveal later this year.

Following in the footsteps of the recently updated Superb flagship, the Nissan X-Trail rival is set to receive similarly subtle styling tweaks and an interior technology upgrade. 

Heavy camouflaging to the front and rear ends suggests the most obvious visual changes will come in the form of redesigned bumpers and light units, with Skoda’s trademark grille design carried over from the outgoing model.

New features for the 2020 Kodiaq are likely to include the matrix LED headlights already seen on the new Superb, along with advanced driver aids such as predictive cruise control. 

The prototype spotted appears to be towing a dynamometer, suggesting it’s running a new powertrain. The refreshed Superb was revealed last month and will be available for the first time with a plug-in hybrid option. That system is also expected to make its way into the Kodiaq in due course. 

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With a 154bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 114bhp electric motor, PHEV variants of the new Superb are capable of 34 miles of pure electric range and a likely 7.4sec 0-62mph time. The Kodiaq would not be able to match these figures due to its extra weight, but it shouldn’t be too far off.

More likely in this prototype’s instance, and given the lack of a grille-mounted charging port, is that it is running the revised 2.0 TDI Evo diesel engine first seen fitted to the new Volkswagen Passat

This new unit offers improved fuel economy courtesy of a high-efficiency crank, steel pistons and reduced friction throughout. 

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19 June 2019

This could be a Hyundai, or Kia or VW or Renault or some other boring boxy SUV.

Skoda need some to get back to their slightly quirky styling.


I loved my Yeti. I would never even consider this....

20 June 2019

How is this in any way news worthy?

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