Next-gen Skoda Kodiaq (2023 debut) to gain Plug-in Hybrid

  • All-new Kodiaq confirmed for its world debut in the second half of 2023
  • Expected with mild-hybrid & plug-in hybrid technologies
  • First-ever Kodiaq PHEV could deliver a WLTP pure-electric range of around 100 km (62 miles)
  • Could go on sale in the UK, EU & other markets in the final weeks of 2023

With an aim to cut fleet emissions by more than 50% by 2030 compared to 2020, Skoda is renewing efforts to electrify its carlines. The company has launched the Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupe iV, and it will launch three more EVs by 2026. Although it won’t be fully electric, next-gen Skoda Kodiaq will feature one or more hybrid technologies.

Next-gen Skoda Kodiaq to debut in 2023

At the company’s ‘Explore More’ event on August 30, 2022, organized to unveil the Skoda Vision 7S concept, Klaus Zellmer, the new CEO of Skoda Auto, revealed that the company will unveil the next-gen Kodiaq in the second half of 2023.

Dear guests, in this transition to e-mobility, we strengthen our highly efficient ICE product portfolio as well, with models like the new superb or the Kodiaq generation that we will be presenting in the second half of next year, followed by the upgraded Octavia in 2024.

Klaus Zellmer, CEO, Skoda Auto (Explore More on August 30, 2022)

Skoda was seen testing the next-gen Kodiaq within days of the announcement, with the first spy shots (view on Motor1.com) surfacing in mid-September 2022. These pictures showed an early prototype wearing the current model’s body, so we need to wait a bit longer to talk about the design. The company has taken an evolutionary path in redesigning models, so expect nothing radically new in the second-generation Skoda Kodiaq.

Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid confirmation

Skoda Auto presented the facelifted Kodiaq in 2021 with 1.5 TSI Evo, 2.0 TDI, and 2.0 TSI engines. The 1.5 TSI Evo engine comes with a 48V mild-hybrid system in Volkswagen’s Golf family, but Skoda is not offering it in the new Kodiaq. However, the company has confirmed it will offer electrification in the next-gen Kodiaq, and given that the stricter Euro 7 norms are coming into effect around 2025, that was inevitable.

New Skoda Kodiaq RS facelift side profle
Skoda has sold 650,000+ units of the Kodiaq in just 6 years, and it’s clear that the SUV has a big future. Image: Skoda

At Skoda’s annual press conference on 22 March 2022, Thomas Schäfer, former CEO, Skoda Auto, confirmed that a Kodiaq Plug-in Hybrid is in the pipeline, although he was quick to note that it won’t be a big launch. He said plug-in hybrid technology is “a very expensive way” of reducing CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and that there are other (better) ways like designing vehicles with better aerodynamics and using the latest efficient engines. Yet, the company’s upper-end models will still get plug-in hybrid tech, the former CEO confirmed.

Plug-in hybrid’s also a very expensive way of bringing down CO2 and consumption because you technically have two systems in the car. We are focusing on the one side fully on our electrification of the brand but at the same time obviously, as you can see, with the Fabia, we managed with clever ways and ingenuity in the design – drag coefficient – plus super-efficient small engines. (That’s) even a better way than hybridisation. So, we’re very happy with what we have. We have plug-in hybrids in the Kodiaq and in the Superb and Octavia, but we’re not planning to roll this out in a bigger way.

Thomas Schäfer, former CEO, Skoda Auto (Skoda Auto Annual Press Conference 2022 on 22 March 2022)

Skoda could offer the next-gen Kodiaq exclusively in mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid guises. The former may employ drives equipped with 1.5-liter and possibly even 2.0-liter turbocharged engines coupled to a 48-volt system and a DSG.

The next-gen Skoda Kodiaq and VW Tiguan could share the newly developed plug-in hybrid system that combines a 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor. This powertrain would be more powerful than the 1.4L plug-in hybrid system that the Volkswagen Group brands currently employ. In 2021, VW confirmed a 100 km (62 mi) electric range for the incoming PHEV system for the core models.

A Skoda Kodiaq Electric will arrive in time

During the Q&A session after the announcement of the Skoda Strategy 2030 held last year, a journalist asked the management about the launch of a Kodiaq EV. Schäfer responded that a Skoda Kodiaq EV or an all-electric model equivalent to the Kodiaq would arrive on the MEB platform or a future VW Group electric vehicle architecture. However, launching EVs below the Enyaq iV is the first priority. The company is developing new electric cars in size and price below the Enyaq iV 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.

Thomas Schäfer, former CEO, Skoda Auto (Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement on June 24, 2021)

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

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

TopElectricSUV says

The next-gen Skoda Kodiaq should offer everything the current model has been popular for, including loads of cabin and cargo space, plenty of convenience and connectivity features, and many choices of performance levels. With improved engines and optional plug-in hybrid technology, the redesigned seven-seater SUV should have a lower total cost of ownership.

Featured Image Source: Skoda