Skoda Unveils the New 2024 Kodiaq, Arriving to Australia Q4 2024
October 5, 2023
Set to hit Australian shores in the fourth quarter of 2024, Skoda has announced the introduction of its redesigned Kodiaq. The updated model exhibits a few changes in dimensions from its predecessor, measuring 4758mm in length, 1864mm in width, and 1659mm in height, all while maintaining the same 2791mm wheelbase.
Though the second-generation Kodiaq maintains a familiar silhouette, design modifications are apparent. It showcases smoother surfaces, a redesigned D-pillar panel with options for metallic or black finishes, and wheels available in sizes ranging from 17 to 20 inches. These alterations have led to an improved coefficient of drag, now recorded at 0.282.
Internally, the Kodiaq offers either five or seven seats. Its extended length chiefly benefits the third-row seating and boot space, boasting an increased capacity of 30 to 75 litres, contingent on the model and seat arrangements.
Under the hood, several engine options are available. Petrol engine choices include a 110kW 48V mild hybrid 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder and a more powerful 150kW 2.0-litre turbo variant. For those who favour diesel, two 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel options are provided, one at 110kW and another at 142kW. The 150kW petrol and 142kW diesel versions both feature standard all-wheel drive and utilize an automated dual-clutch transmission.
A significant highlight in the Kodiaq lineup is the model's inaugural plug-in hybrid, although it won't be available for the Australian market. This drivetrain combines a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, a 25.7kWh battery, and a built-in electric motor linked to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. The hybrid boasts a pure electric range up to 100km as per the WLTP standard. Charging capabilities extend up to 11kW for AC and 50kW for DC fast charging.
Technologically, the 2024 Kodiaq is equipped with a 10.0-inch digital display for the driver and a centrally-located 10.0-inch touchscreen. Other inclusions comprise a nine-speaker audio system, multiple USB-C ports, and a redesigned transmission selector. Premium variants come fitted with a 13.0-inch touchscreen, a 14-speaker Canton audio system, a head-up display, and usage of sustainable materials for certain interior components.
Skoda has integrated a unique feature set, termed Smart Dials, in the Kodiaq. These are three adjustable rotary dials with built-in displays, lending users flexibility in controlling climate and entertainment functionalities. Additionally, traditional buttons and controls are present on the steering wheel.
Optional enhancements for the Kodiaq encompass a dual smartphone wireless charging platform, front seats equipped with pneumatic massage, and an advanced matrix LED headlight system.
Safety remains paramount in the new Kodiaq. Features include door-opening traffic alerts, Collision Avoidance Assist, and autonomous sensors for detecting cars, pedestrians, or cyclists during turns. An automated parking assistant further simplifies both head-in and parallel parking tasks.
Manufacturing for the new Kodiaq takes place in Kvasiny, Czechia. Since its debut in 2016, the Kodiaq has found global popularity, with sales surpassing 841,900 units.
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