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Skoda working on Kodiaq facelift

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The Skoda Kodiaq went on sale three years ago and the Czech brand has been working on the Kodiaq SUV which is due to get a mid-cycle upgrade soon. The SUV has not been revealed officially but according to a media report the new Kodiaq is likely to get the styling and technology as seen on the updated Skoda Superb.

The most obvious changes will be in the headlight and taillights and the SUV is likely to feature redesigned bumpers on both the front and rear. The grille is likely to be retained with only subtle changes in treatment and the 2020 model is likely to feature matrix LED headlights. On the interior, the car is likely to be the same with some advanced add-on features such as driver aids and predictive cruise control.

In the engine department, the car may see an upgrade by getting a plug-in hybrid variant and an updated 2.0-litre EVO diesel engine with improved fuel efficiency achieved through an efficient crank and low friction steel pistons. In India, the current Kodiaq is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI which produces 150 PS of power and 340 Nm of torque coupled to a 7-speed DSG gearbox with an all-wheel-drive. The Skoda Kodiaq is available in two variants – Style and L&K (Laurin & Klement).

Speculations are that the brand might bring the 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor which produces 150 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual with front-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG with a front-wheel and all-wheel-drive options. This engine is available in the international market and is expected to come to the Indian shores.

As of now the Indian launch for the new Kodiaq is far away and Skoda is expected to bring the Karoq SUV and the made for India Kamiq SUV which are expected to be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo.