2020 Skoda Kodiaq Facelift Spied For The First Time

AfterSkoda’sapprenticeshadtheirfunturningthelargeSUVintoaone-offMountiaqpickuptruck,it’stimeforthebigboysandgirlstogetdowntosomeseriousbusinessbypreparingafaceliftfortheKodiaq.TheflagshipSUVofthebrandhasbeenspottedundergoingtestingforthefirsttime,anditappearswe’redealingwiththeSportlinetrimjudgingbythenamesakebadgeonthefrontfenderandalsobythealloywheeldesign.

Eventhoughthere’splentyofcamouflageatthefront,thebumperisalreadyshowingoffanewdesignthatbetterlivesuptothetrim’s“Sportline”nameasit’satadbitmoreaggressive.WiththeSuperbfaceliftgettingmatrixLEDheadlights,wehaveafeelingtheseven-seatSUVwillalsobenefitfromthehigh-techsetup.

TheshapeofthemainclustersisunlikelytochangethatmuchseeingashowtheonesoftheSuperbhavebeenlargelycarriedover.Tothedisappointmentofsomepeople,itappearsthetwo-tierheadlightsetupwillcontinueinthelatterhalfofKodiaq’slifecycle,whilethetaillightsaresettogothroughdiscreetchangeswithsequentialLEDturnsignalsasseenontheKamiq.

Withwiresstickingoutoftheprototype’sbackandgoingintowhatlookslikeatrailer,wehaveafeelingtheKodiaqwasactuallytowingadynamometerasitwasthecasewiththeAstonMartinDBXearlierthismonth.Ifourassumptioniscorrect,itmeansSkodawastestinganewpowertrain.LookingatthechangestheSuperbhasgonethrough,theKodiaqisexpectedtogettheVWGroup’scleaner2.0TDIEvothatwasfirstseenintheEuro-specPassatfacelift.

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Ofcourse,thebiggestchangewillbetheadoptionofaplug-inhybridsystemalsoinheritedfromVW’sflagshipsedaninGTEguise.AlreadyfeaturedintheSuperbiV,thePHEVsetupwillcombinea1.4-literTSIfour-cylinderwithanelectricmotor,asix-speedDSG,anda13-kWhbatterypack.Thecombustionengineisgoingtodeliver156horsepower(115kilowatts)whereastheelectricmotorwillbegoodfor115hp(85kW).Thiswillenableacombinedoutputof218hp(160kW).

ExpecttheelectricrangetobeinthesameballparkastheSuperbiV’sWLTP-certified34miles(55kilometers).Thechargingportwillbeneatlyintegratedintothegrilleandwillremaincompletelyconcealedwhennotinuse.BearinmindtheSuperbiVhasalowercargocapacitythantheconventionallypoweredmodels,soitcouldbethesamestorywiththeKodiaq.Thatshouldn’tbemuchofanissuesincetheSUVhasloadsofroombehindtheseats,albeitinseven-seatformthecargocapacitydrasticallydecreases.

Withtheall-newOctaviaexpectedtotakecenterstageattheFrankfurtMotorShowinSeptember,therefreshedKodiaqmightnotbeunveileduntilMarch2020inGeneva.

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