Skoda reveals

details of new

Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq, 2023, front, action
Skoda Kodiaq, 2023, front
Skoda Kodiaq, 2023, side
Skoda Kodiaq, 2023, rear

THE first details of the second-generation Skoda Kodiaq SUV have been revealed and the car - which will be available as a plug-in hybrid - has grown considerably.

Due for release in 2024, the new Kodiaq is some 61mm longer at 4.758 metres, 1.86 metres wide and 1.65 metres high with luggage capacity now up to 910 litres.

The plug-in version will have an electric range of more than 62 miles and it will use a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine developing 204hp mated to an electric motor via a six-speed auto gearbox.

The interior features a 12.9-inch touchscreen display, a gear change lever on the steering column and digital controls.

And in keeping with Skoda's Simply Clever features it comes with a rear storage compartment with a cup holder and a dual phone box that provides cooling and simultaneous charging for two mobile phones.

Klaus Zellmer, Skoda chairman, said:"The Kodiaq has been an absolute success for Skoda ever since its launch in 2016, when it kickstarted our SUVcampaign. With its powerful and crystalline design language, spacious interior and excellent value for money, it attracted many new customers and won renowned international awards.

"The second generation has all the prerequisites - including a plug-in hybrid version - to add another great chapter to this success story."

Exterior highlights include a sculptural front end, squared-off wheel arches and second-generation full LED Matrix headlights while the new Kodiaq also has a significantly longer wheelbase.

On seven-seat models, rear seat passengers have 15mm more headroom with luggage capacity ranging from 340 to 845 litres.

As well as the new, larger central touchscreen display, there will also be an option of a head-up display to complement the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit.

Making its debut in the new Kodiaq is a rear storage compartment on the central tunnel with a cup holder for the rear passengers. There is also a display cleaner for touchscreen displays.

The second seat row can be moved, and a flexible element in the luggage compartment keeps things tidy while the car comes with familiar Skoda features such as door edge protectors and an umbrella in the driver's door.

As well as the PHEV powertrain Skoda will be offering 1.5-litre mild hybrid models with 150hp on tap, 2.0-litre TSI engines developing 204hp and 2.0-litre diesel engines developing with 150 of 193hp.

All have seven-speed DSG transmissions with the higher powered engines four-wheel drive.

Safety systems include up to nine airbags, remote parking assistance and traffic jam cruise control.

Prices and further specifications are still to be announced.

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