2021 Skoda Kodiaq (facelift) leaked, likely to come with 48V mild-hybrid tech

Months after its debut in September 2016, the Skoda Kodiaq stepped into the marketplace, and sales kept growing year on year, from 100,000 in 2016 to 149,200 in 2018 and then 171,800 units in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, sales declined 23.4% to 131,600 cars in 2020. While the markets gradually recover, Skoda is preparing a nip and tuck for its mid-size SUV to roll it out this year.

The 2021 Skoda Kodiaq (facelift) has leaked in spy pictures shared by an auto.cz reader. The new Kodiaq, expected with a hybrid system, could be weeks away from its official unveil.

The new Skoda Kodiaq has subtle design changes and might be mistaken for the old model from a distance. It features a modified radiator grille with upright vertical slats that heighten the aggression, and more rounded corners. The tweaked headlamps have a curvy shape for the daytime running light. While the current model gets LED headlights, the MY2021 should flaunt LED Matrix headlights.

On the sides, the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift should sport newly designed alloy wheels, while at the rear, revised tail lamps with dynamic indicators could be the most noticeable change. Interior appointments should include new trim and upholstery, upgraded infotainment systems, and surprise ‘Simply Clever’ features.

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2021 Skoda Kodiaq mechanicals

The engine line-up of the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq would be different from that of the current model. Among expected changes is the inclusion of a 1.5-litre TSI EVO eTEC engine with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology. This turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine makes use of a 48V belt-driven starter generator and a 48V Lithium-ion battery.

Energy is recovered during braking and stored in the additional battery, then used to support the combustion engine with an electric boost. It also becomes possible to coast with the engine turned off. Customers can look forward to quieter engine starts, with fewer vibrations, because of the presence of mild-hybrid technology.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift rear quarters spy shot
Unlike the current SUV, the new Skoda Kodiaq is likely to feature 48V mild-hybrid technology for Skoda to improve its emission profile in the Old Continent.

The 1.5-litre TSI EVO e-TEC engine will likely come in the tuning of 110 kW (147 hp)/250 Nm (184 Lb.-Ft.), along with a standard 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Don’t expect the mild-hybrid configurations to be available in all-wheel drive.

A Skoda Kodiaq PHEV, though technically not a challenge for the platform, is unlikely in this generation. A Skoda Superb PHEV (Skoda Superb iV) is out because the sedan does not have an all-electric alternative in the showroom or in development. In the Kodiaq’s case, the zero-emission option is available in the Skoda Enyaq iV, which is a VW ID.4 cousin. “Perhaps people might jump directly from Kodiaq to Enyaq without going through the transition of a plug-in hybrid,” Alain Favey, Skoda’s Sales and Marketing boss, had told autocar.co.uk in September last year.

The 2021 Skoda Kodiaq should go on sale in Europe by the middle of the year.