Skoda has released the first sketches of the new Kodiaq seven-seat SUV. Now, fans of the current Kodiaq should not panic at this point - the 'new' Kodiaq will in fact merely be a light update of the current model. Phew.
Big new grille
The new - OK, updated - Kodiaq will be fully revealed on the 13th of April, but these sketches at least seem to show what we can expect, in terms of new styling. There's a big new grille, for a start, which looks very similar to that essayed by the current Octavia, and indeed by the incoming Enyaq electric SUV. Once again, the lights at the front are split into separate units, although the upper lens now looks a little slimmer and sharper.
There's also a new 'front apron' (which in English is what we call the bottom of the bumper) with a new air intake, framed by L-shaped trim elements on either side and an aluminium-look insert. Around the back, the new brake lights are also slimmer, and like the front ones have a 'crystalline' effect which is meant to evoke the fine crystal making that's traditional in the Czech Republic.
New diesel engines
As for mechanical updates, Skoda is staying schtum for now, but given that the Kodiaq shares engines and a platform with the Volkswagen Tiguan and the SEAT Ateca, both of which have been updated recently, we would expect to see updated 2.0-litre diesel engines with the new 'twin-dosing' NOX emissions system, plus an upgraded infotainment system with more online connectivity options.
The Kodaiq has been a big success for Skoda, having found 600,000 customers since it was first launched in 2016. Doubtless, Skoda will keep any tinkering with such a successful formula to a minimum.