2021 Skoda Kodiaq (facelift) debuts, no hybrid or electrification yet

Skoda Auto has presented the improved Kodiaq with 1.5 TSI, 2.0 TDI, and 2.0 TSI engines. The 1.5 TSI Evo engine comes with a 48V mild-hybrid system in the Golf family, but Skoda is not offering it on the new Kodiaq range.

Design

The 2021 Skoda Kodiaq features a more assertive design with an elevated bonnet, a more upright hexagonal radiator grille with bold double ribs, and visibly slimmer headlights. Lower-end configurations have an upgrade in the form of LED headlights, while in the higher-end configurations, LED Matrix headlights have replaced LED headlights. Some of the wheel designs have been redesigned to give the SUV a more rugged appearance. Restyled bumpers, new gloss black rear spoiler, slimmer, sharper tail lights with dynamic turn indicators, and narrower rear window round up the exterior changes.

Interior

The interior of the 2021 Kodiaq isn’t drastically new either. An instantly visible change is the new two-spoke steering wheel, which is standard in most configurations. New decorative strips, additional contrasting stitching, and improved ambient lighting functions also increase the premium look and feel inside the SUV. For the first time, Skoda offers a selection of options for its mid-size SUV, including perforated leather seats with electric adjustment, ventilation, and massage function.

A noteworthy new feature inside the new Kodiaq facelift is the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit. The new fully digital instrument cluster includes up to five layouts. Skoda has introduced new infotainment apps, including news and weather. The Canton audio system includes two new speakers located in the front door panels, and a circular chrome trim frames these speakers. In total, there are ten speakers instead of eight, and the total output is 575 watts.

New Skoda Kodiaq 2021 facelift interior
The Skoda Kodiaq is now available with a two-spoke steering wheel and the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit. Image Source: Skoda

No hybrid system on the Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda offers the 2021 Kodiaq with five conventional engines, three gasoline units, and two diesel units. Strangely, despite Volkswagen Group’s accelerated electrification strategy, the mid-cycle refresh has not brought a mild-hybrid system or a plug-in hybrid system to the flagship Skoda car. “We will have Kodiaq hybrid very shortly after Superb hybrid,” Auto Express had reported former Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier saying in November 2016. Later this month, it will be two years since the introduction of the Superb hybrid, and the mid-life facelift would’ve been the ideal time for the hybrid option in the Kodiaq.

New Skoda Kodiaq 2021 facelift aero wheel
Skoda has introduced special aero wheels for the Kodiaq, a feature that companies usually reserve for PHEVs and BEVs. Image Source: Skoda

Skoda could launch the Kodiaq hybrid with a mild-hybrid hybrid powertrain and/or a plug-in hybrid powertrain now in the second generation model.

You can catch the different variants of the restyled Kodiaq in the embed below.

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