This Skoda Kodiaq facelift is equivalent to the facelift on the Superb and you can expect similar updates. It will also get a new plug-in hybrid engine.
Skoda seems to be quite up on their toes. They just took the wraps off the new Superb a couple of weeks ago. The updated Octavia has also been spotted testing several times and now there are new images of a camouflaged Kodiaq on the internet. Yes, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift has been spotted internationally, undergoing tests in the mountains.
The flagship SUV from Skoda will receive its first biggest update since it was launched. The spotted test mule seems to be the Sportline trim sold in the international markets. We can tell that from the badging on the fenders and the sporty looking alloy wheels.
The front and rear of the car were under heavy camouflage. We are expecting the set of updates to be around these regions only. Even under the camouflage, you can still notice the revised large air dam at the front. The headlamps still look similar to current ones but they will sure adopt the Matrix LED headlamps that previewed with the new Skoda Superb.
The design at the rear seems more or less unchanged. However, the LED tail lamps will surely be given a revision sequential turn-indicator as seen on the Kamiq. On the interiors, the Skoda Superb facelift is expected to receive some added features apart from the already opulent feature list that it already has. This facelift for the Kodiaq is equivalent to the facelift on the Superb and you can expect similar updates.
Interestingly, the test mule was spotted with a trailer attached to it and a set of wires sticking out from the rear of the car and going to the trailer. We are not exactly sure about the purpose of these wires but we are expecting it has something to do with a new engine. The Skoda Superb facelift will get a 2.0 TDI Evo engine from Volkswagen stable.
The new Kodiaq is also expected to get a plug-in hybrid powertrain which already does duties in the flagship sedan. The Kodiaq hybrid will be a part of the Skoda iV sub-brand and will be powered by a combination of a 1.4-litre TSI engine and an electric motor. It will have a 13kWh battery pack with the engine being mated to a DSG transmission. Combined power output is expected to be around 220 hp with an electric only range of about 50 kms.
The Skoda Kodiaq facelift is expected to be unveiled later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show or early next year at the Geneva Motor Show. It will follow the Superb facelift and is expected to reach here in India by the later half of 2020 after both the updated Superb and the Octavia have been launched.