14/05/2021

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New 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift brings tougher looks and new vRS

Skoda has exposed a mid-lifestyle facelift for its major SUV, the Kodiaq. It arrives 4...

Skoda has exposed a mid-lifestyle facelift for its major SUV, the Kodiaq. It arrives 4 many years into the model’s lifespan, and it marks a milestone in the brand’s latest SUV offensive – this was the automobile that kickstarted the brand’s push into numerous SUV marketplaces, with smaller choices this sort of as the Karoq and Kamiq, and the new all-electric powered Enyaq, too. 

In accordance to Skoda style head Oliver Stefani, style adjustments for the facelift are meant to give the Kodiaq a “crisper” glance, with the major alterations coming at the front end of the automobile. 

The nose has been raised with a new, taller and extra upright grille and a flatter bonnet. The headlights are slimmer than in advance of and run by LED technological innovation as normal, with matrix LED headlights now readily available on the Kodiaq for the quite to start with time, reserved for high-spec models. There is also a new front bumper. 

All around the back again, new LED taillights contribute to a extra intricate glance. On SE trim variants and earlier mentioned, dynamic indicators are bundled. New wheels 17 to 20 inches in style are readily available too. 

On the within, the Kodiaq is a receiver of a new steering wheel readily available in two and three-spoke designs depending on the trim level. New ornamental trim strips and contrasting stitching are readily available, though the interior ambient lighting system is extra expansive than in advance of. 

The Kodiaq is now readily available with both equally heated and ventilated front seats with a massage function – these are normal on the array-topping L&K trim model. The optional surround sound system from expert Canton is now a 10 speaker setup, as opposed with the eight speaker setup of outdated. 

The infotainment hardware continues to be as in advance of, meaning central touchscreens eight and 9.2-inches in sizing are readily available, alongside a ten.twenty five-inch fully electronic instrument panel. Skoda’s ‘Laura’ voice assistant computer software is readily available alongside smartphone connectivity and navigation. 

Driver aid and basic safety technological innovation is built on with the inclusion of Crew Shield Guide. This characteristics further radars at the rear of the automobile that can browse and respond to autos approaching from guiding that could pose a chance of a rear end collision. 

The regular petrol and diesel motor line-up carries about unchanged. It kicks off with a turbocharged one.5-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol motor establishing 148bhp and sending drive to the front wheels via a 6-pace handbook gearbox or a 7-pace computerized. A 187bhp 2.-litre petrol motor with 4-wheel-drive is also provided. 

Equally diesel alternatives are based on a 2.-litre TDI motor with either 148bhp or 197bhp – both equally with a 7-pace DSG transmission and the latter fitted by default with 4-wheel-drive. 

The facelift marks the return of the vRS design to the Kodiaq line-up. Like the facelift applied somewhere else in the array it receives a visible update together the exact lines with a extra imposing front end, new headlights and taillights, and a new front bumper, though the sporty interior total with massive sporting activities seats is upholstered in black microfibre. The ten.twenty five-inch digital cockpit is normal products. 

The major improve reserved for the new vRS, nevertheless, is the fitment of a petrol motor. Even though the earlier model made use of a bi-turbocharged 2.-litre diesel unit, the new sizzling Kodiaq borrows its motor from the hottest Volkswagen Golfing GTI. It is a turbocharged 2.-litre 4-cylinder petrol motor establishing 242bhp. No effectiveness technical specs have been introduced, but Skoda states it’s 60kg lighter than the diesel unit in the outdated design. 

The new Kodiaq goes on sale in July and will be readily available in S, SE, SE L and SportLine trim variants, in addition the luxury oriented L&K design and the effectiveness tilted vRS. If the United kingdom line-up is to keep on being consistent with the pre-facelift design, the array will open in Britain with the SE automobile, with selling prices very likely all around the £27,000 mark.

Click listed here to browse our in-depth review of the pre-facelifted Skoda Kodiaq…