February 22, 2024

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New 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift brings tougher looks and new vRS

Skoda has unveiled a mid-existence facelift for its greatest SUV, the Kodiaq. It arrives 4 decades into the model’s lifespan, and it marks a milestone in the brand’s present SUV offensive – this was the auto that kickstarted the brand’s drive into many SUV markets, with smaller choices such as the Karoq and Kamiq, and the new all-electric Enyaq, also. 

According to Skoda layout head Oliver Stefani, layout alterations for the facelift are meant to give the Kodiaq a “crisper” seem, with the greatest alterations coming at the entrance stop of the auto. 

The nose has been elevated with a new, taller and much more upright grille and a flatter bonnet. The headlights are slimmer than right before and powered by LED technological innovation as typical, with matrix LED headlights now offered on the Kodiaq for the very initial time, reserved for significant-spec designs. There’s also a new entrance bumper. 

Around the back, new LED taillights lead to a much more intricate seem. On SE trim variants and higher than, dynamic indicators are included. New wheels 17 to twenty inches in layout are offered also. 

On the inside, the Kodiaq is a receiver of a new steering wheel offered in two and three-spoke types based on the trim amount. New attractive trim strips and contrasting stitching are offered, while the interior ambient lighting program is much more expansive than right before. 

The Kodiaq is now offered with the two heated and ventilated entrance seats with a therapeutic massage perform – these are typical on the range-topping L&K trim model. The optional surround sound program from professional Canton is now a ten speaker setup, in comparison with the eight speaker setup of aged. 

The infotainment components continues to be as right before, indicating central touchscreens eight and nine.two-inches in sizing are offered, along with a ten.25-inch absolutely digital instrument panel. Skoda’s ‘Laura’ voice assistant software is offered along with smartphone connectivity and navigation. 

Driver assistance and security technological innovation is designed upon with the inclusion of Crew Protect Assist. This capabilities further radars at the rear of the auto that can read through and respond to motor vehicles approaching from at the rear of that could pose a danger of a rear stop collision. 

The frequent petrol and diesel motor line-up carries above unchanged. It kicks off with a turbocharged one.5-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol motor developing 148bhp and sending push to the entrance wheels by means of a 6-velocity manual gearbox or a seven-velocity automated. A 187bhp two.-litre petrol motor with 4-wheel-push is also provided. 

Equally diesel alternatives are primarily based on a two.-litre TDI motor with possibly 148bhp or 197bhp – the two with a seven-velocity DSG transmission and the latter fitted by default with 4-wheel-push. 

The facelift marks the return of the vRS model to the Kodiaq line-up. Like the facelift applied somewhere else in the range it gets a visual update along the identical lines with a much more imposing entrance stop, new headlights and taillights, and a new entrance bumper, while the sporty interior entire with significant sports seats is upholstered in black microfibre. The ten.25-inch virtual cockpit is typical equipment. 

The greatest alter reserved for the new vRS, having said that, is the fitment of a petrol motor. Even though the prior model applied a bi-turbocharged two.-litre diesel device, the new scorching Kodiaq borrows its motor from the most up-to-date Volkswagen Golf GTI. It’s a turbocharged two.-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor developing 242bhp. No overall performance technical specs have been introduced, but Skoda suggests it is 60kg lighter than the diesel device in the aged model. 

The new Kodiaq goes on sale in July and will be offered in S, SE, SE L and SportLine trim variants, additionally the luxurious oriented L&K model and the overall performance tilted vRS. If the United kingdom line-up is to stay constant with the pre-facelift model, the range will open in Britain with the SE auto, with selling prices probably about the £27,000 mark.

Simply click in this article to read through our in-depth review of the pre-facelifted Skoda Kodiaq…