Face-lifted Kodiaq Launched
Facelifted Skoda Kodiaq launched
As seen on motoring.com.au
New engines, more tech and extra cabin comfort for Czech car-maker’s largest SUV
The facelifted Skoda Kodiaq has been launched in Europe following its reveal in April, bringing updated design, safety, tech and creature comforts.
Set to arrive Down Under later this year, the upgraded large SUV will also come with more efficient turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel ‘EVO’ engines, including a more powerful 180kW/370kW petrol engine (180TSI) that will replace the 176kW/500Nm biturbo-diesel (176TDI) in the flagship Skoda Kodiaq RS (named vRS overseas).
Skoda Australia has confirmed that all versions of the 2022 Kodiaq, including the upgraded Kodiaq RS, will be available to order from September before first local deliveries commence in December.
The switch to VW Golf GTI-sourced petrol power for the top-shelf RS – increasing power by 4kW but reducing torque by 130Nm – will reduce engine weight by more than 60kg, while a new seven-speed DSG automatic transmission weighs 5.2kg less.
Alongside the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq RS, mainstream variants will continue with a carryover 132kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (132TSI), but Aussies won’t have access to Europe’s 110kW and 140kW 1.5-litre turbo-petrol and 110kW and 147kW turbo-diesel engines.
As we’ve reported, the first update for the seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq since it arrived Down Under in June 2017 and was named carsales Best Family SUV in 2020 brings a new front-end design punctuated by a new bonnet, grille, bumper and slimmed-down LED headlights as standard – with the option of full LED Matrix tech for the first time.
Other features for the flagship Kodiaq RS include new 20-inch alloy wheels, a more aggressive specific front bumper, a new gloss-black rear spoiler and finlets at the back edge of the rear window.
Inside, the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq brings new decorative strips, additional contrasting stitching, enhanced LED ambient lighting functions and upgraded Crew Protect Assist with additional rear radar sensors to detect the potential for rear-end collisions.
The headline act alongside the large 9.2-inch central infotainment unit will be Skoda’s latest 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster with four different layouts – fitted as standard in Sportline and RS models, which also gain an additional Sport mode.
In Europe, this is an optional extra for mainstream variants, as are perforated-leather seats with multi-way electric seat adjustment, ventilation and massage function, Eco seats trimmed in recycled ‘vegan’ materials and an upgraded 10-speaker CANTON sound system.
Progressive steering has been added to lower trim grades, while Volkswagen’s Travel Assist safety features will also come standard, along with the option of up to nine airbags.
More than 40 ‘clever’ features have been carried over on the updated Kodiaq, including a funnel integrated into the windscreen washer tank lid, as well as an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap.
There are no other changes to the 4.7-metre Skoda Kodiaq’s seven-seat interior, which can swallow up to 2065 litres of cargo.
Since its European release in 2016, Skoda has sold more than 600,000 examples of the Kodiaq, which apart from the Czech Republic is now also made in China, India and Russia.
In Australia, the current MY21 Skoda Kodiaq is an AWD-only model available in base 132TSI form priced from $46,390 before on-road costs, with the Sportline variant priced around $4000 higher and the diesel-powered Kodiaq RS topping the range at $68,890 plus ORCs.
Full Australian details including pricing for the updated MY22 Skoda Kodiaq line-up will be announced closer to its launch late this year.