Wednesday, 24 January 2024 05:38

Production of the new Skoda Kodiaq begins

Production of the new Škoda Kodiaq begins Production of the new Škoda Kodiaq begins

The Czech company has announced the serial production of the new generation of its largest SUV.

Skoda Auto will start serial production of the second generation of the Kodiaq, its flagship SUV model, at the factory in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. In preparing the factory for the new model, the company has made significant investments in the modernization of the production line.

By transferring the production of the new generation Superb from Kvasiny to Bratislava in Slovakia, the Czech car manufacturer has created additional capacity in Kvasiny for the production of successful SUV models Kodiaq and Karoq.

The new Kodiaq had its global premiere in October, and it will be available with petrol, diesel, and plug-in hybrid options with a large electric range.

The design could be described as a variation of the previous model but with many modernized details. Split headlights still exist, the side silhouette is now elongated, and the taillights have been modernized, now connected by a thin LED strip.

Overall, when it comes to design, Skoda has clearly played it safe as it is one of the brand's most important models, which has sold over 800,000 units to date.

The new Kodiaq is "stretched" to 4,758 mm (+61 mm compared to its predecessor), while the wheelbase remains the same (2,971 mm). The car is slightly narrower and lower than its predecessor.

The practicality is unmatched in this segment, and there is a trunk of 910 liters, which is 75 liters more than before. If you choose the model with seven seats, the trunk volume decreases to a still respectable 340 liters behind the third row.

As for the engines, there's something for everyone – it all starts with the 1.5 TSI using "light" hybrid technology and delivering 150 HP, as well as cylinder deactivation technology under lighter loads. The larger 2.0 TSI has 204 HP and comes with all-wheel drive, while the 1.5 TSI is offered only with front-wheel drive.

Those who still prefer a diesel engine can opt for the 2.0 TDI with 150 HP and front-wheel drive or with 193 HP and all-wheel drive. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic.

Finally, there is a plug-in hybrid with front-wheel drive and 204 HP, which can drive up to 100 km on electric power alone. The battery can be charged at alternating current chargers with a power of up to 11 kW and direct current chargers with 50 kW.

Inside, a significant novelty is the relocation of the gear lever to the steering column (all versions come with an automatic transmission).

The multimedia system is available in sizes of 10 or 13 inches, depending on the equipment package. Below the large screen are functional buttons that can be configured to adjust air conditioning, audio system, seat heating and cooling functions, and more.

The latest news from the world of the auto industry

  Just a few years ago, the number of available affordable electric vehicles was significantly smaller. Listing the EVs under $50,000 for 2024, though, is a more laborious underta...