A Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid variant is not in sight [Update]

Earlier this year, Skoda Auto 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. However, as we explain further in the story, electrifying the Kodiaq is a matter of when not if. In other words, giving its midsize SUV a partially electric or a fully electric powertrain is inevitable in the long run.

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 undergone a redesign 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.

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

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.

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.

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

Skoda could launch the Kodiaq hybrid with a mild-hybrid hybrid 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.

Source: Youtube.com/Skoda

Skoda Kodiaq EV will arrive eventually

During the Q&A session after the announcement of the Skoda Strategy 2030, a journalist asked if the company plans to launch a Kodiaq EV. Skoda CEO Thomas Schafer responded that the company would launch a Skoda Kodiaq electric or another all-electric model equivalent to the Kodiaq on the MEB platform or a future VW Group electric vehicle architecture. However, launching EVs below the Enyaq iV is the priority. The company is developing 3 new electric cars in size and price below the Enyaq to reach its electrifications targets and become a Top 5 car brand in Europe by 2030.

This (electrifying Kodiaq), I can agree, and look, it’s always this kind of questions you know, will it be electrified? Eventually, yeah, probably, you know, but will it be based on the same platform? No. Certainly not. So, the Enyaq from the size point of view, you know, it’s almost in the Kodiaq space. For now, as I said, our focus is now going rather a little bit in little smaller than the Enyaq than bigger than the Enyaq. But I wouldn’t say that in the long term that we’re not electrifying or have a vehicle in that space.

Skoda CEO Thomas Schafer at the Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement on June 24

For now, the only feature the Kodiaq borrows from the Enyaq iV is aerodynamics. Citing Skoda design chief Oliver Stefani, a snippet from Autocar suggests that the company applied learnings from the Enyaq iV to improve the Kodiaq’s aerodynamics in the facelift.

When the Kodiaq iV electric model arrives, a significant amount of component-sharing with other VW Group vehicles would be observed. Expect it to use Volkswagen Group’s SSP mechatronics platform that will debut in 2026. The German conglomerate plans to launch all future EVs based on this platform from 2026.

In the second half of this decade, we will introduce the SSP to form one strong mechantronics platform. Always have this mentioned before the super platform for the whole Volkswagen Group.

Markus Duesmann, R&D chief, Volkswagen Group, and CEO, Audi (Volkswagen Group New Auto strategy)

Featured Image Source: Skoda