Skoda has revealed the body of its next-generation Kodiaq. Just the body.
In a pair of teaser images, we can see what’s called the body-in-white of the upcoming three-row crossover. The doors and bonnet have been fitted, but the engine, trim and chassis sub-assemblies are not yet present.
The new generation is expected to arrive locally in 2024.
It could use the Volkswagen Group’s latest-generation PHEV system, which uses the 1.5 TSI evo2 powertrain as a base and offers up to 200kW in its most powerful form.
The electrified option will join a range of petrol and diesel engines, with mild-hybrid systems also available in the new model.
It’s expected to move to the newer MQB Evo architecture like the latest Octavia.
The Kodiaq will be manufactured alongside the existing Karoq at the company’s Kvasiny plant in Czechia, with Skoda investing around 12 million euros (A$19.21 million) in converting the production line for the new Kodiaq.
With Skoda moving production of the Superb to Bratislava, Slovakia there will be an additional production capacity of 150,000 units for the two SUVs in total. The Karoq will be replaced in 2024 by the electric Elroq.
Skoda says it will be able to produce up to 410 Kodiaqs every day.
While these teaser images don’t reveal key elements like the front-end styling, we’ve gotten a good look at Skoda’s flagship crossover via camouflaged teaser and spy shots.
The 2024 Kodiaq appears to have a more prominent, upright grille, as well as slimmer lighting elements up front that maintain their split-level layout. Down back, the tail lights also have a new look.
The overall shape of the vehicle appears to have evolved only slightly, with similar proportions and a roofline that looks much the same.
There’s less of a sharp crease down the side than before, in a nod to last year’s Vision 7S concept which previewed the brand’s new Modern Solid design language.
No spy images of the Kodiaq’s interior have been released, but we expect the latest generation of infotainment to feature. We may also see a more tablet-style touchscreen instead of the more integrated unit in the current car.
Skoda says it has produced over 800,000 Kodiaqs since its global premiere in September 2016. These have been manufactured in Czechia, Ukraine, China and India, as well as Russia until early 2022.
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