India-Bound Skoda Kodiaq Facelift Spied Testing For The First Time


The new flagship Skoda Kodiaq facelift has been spotted disguised for the first time and can get a PHEV setup

Skoda has been readying the Kodiaq facelift for a while now and the first set of images revealing the Kodiaq facelift under camouflage have been spied. The flagship SUV has been spotted testing for the very first time and it seems like the version under test is the Sportline trim. The Skoda Kodiaq is the only SUV from the Czech brand in India and the facelift version will make it to the Indian shores too, along with the new Karoq small SUV.

As for the changes in the facelifted Kodiaq, there’s camouflage at the front, but the bumper can be seen with new aggressive design and a possible matrix LED headlights like the Superb facelift. The tail lights can get the sequential LED turn signals as seen on the Kamiq. The interior is set to get new trims and better equipment.

The biggest change will, however, be seen in the powertrains and there’s a possibility that the new Kodiaq will get a Volkswagen Group’s cleaner 2.0 TDI Evo that was first seen in the Euro-spec VW Passat Facelift.


Also, the Kodiaq will get a plug-in hybrid system inherited from VW’s flagship sedan in GTE guise. The PHEV features in the Superb iV and combines a 1.4-litre TSI four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, 13-kWh battery pack. The powertrain is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox.

The IC makes 156 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and the electric motor 115 hp (85 kW). This will enable a combined output of 218 hp (160 kW). The electric range is expected to be 55 km (34 miles) same as the Superb iV’s WLTP-certified mileage.


The charging port will be neatly integrated into the grille and the battery pack will lead to reduction in cargo space like the Superb iV. But the Kodiaq itself has a large cabin space and we can see cargo capacity decreasing with all the seven seats up.