Ahead of a late 2024 Australian release, the second-generation 2024 Skoda Kodiaq has been revealed. Featuring new styling, new technology, an updated platform with new cleaner and more powerful drivetrains – including a plug-in hybrid for the first time for the Kodiaq name – and even more space inside, the new Kodiaq will once again feature seven seats as standard equipment in Australia.

Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Skoda Auto, said: “Our all-new flagship SUV has everything it needs to be a worthy successor in the Skoda Kodiaq line. The new Kodiaq takes the Skoda features our customers appreciate to the next level: more space, more features, and more efficiency. With innovations like the well-received Smart Dials and sleek interior materials, alongside elements from our ‘Modern Solid’ design language and updated safety and assistance systems, the next-generation Kodiaq makes everyday exploring even more rewarding.”

“We have also broadened our range of highly efficient powertrains, introducing a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of over 100 km, furthering our commitment to sustainable mobility. Since its 2016 launch, the Kodiaq has played a crucial role in Skoda’s growth, consistently striking a chord with our customers. The new Kodiaq is perfectly placed to continue this successful legacy.”

Sitting on the same updated ‘MQB Evo’ platform as cars like the new Volkswagen Tiguan, the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq is now larger than before. Measuring 4,758mm long, 1,864mm wide, 1,657mm tall and with a 2,791mm long wheelbase, the new Kodiaq is 61mm longer overall and 24mm taller, but its wheelbase is the same length as the current car, and it’s actually 18mm narrower.

Because of its extra length, the bootspace has grown to 340-litres with the third row erect – up from 270L – and 845L with the third row folded, which is an increase from 765L. Skoda says that third row occupants have an extra 15mm of headroom as well.

Inside the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq is a new generation of Skoda interiors that’s more modern, higher-tech, better quality and more eco-friendly than before. Centre of the cabin is a new infotainment software that’s displayed on either 10-inch or a 13-inch screens – the latter with satellite navigation, which we expect to be standard in Australia – while below that are new ‘Smart Dials’, which are screens located in the air-conditioning controls that, once pressed, can control different features of the car.

As with the Tiguan, the new Kodiaq now has a steering column-mounted gear selector to free up space in the centre console. Wireless phone charging features, now with dual charging spots with 15W power and even cooling, while there are now four 45W USB-C charging ports in the cabin. Massaging front seats are available optionally, as is a heads-up display for the first time. According to Skoda, all textiles in the seat upholstery, interior carpets and headliner are made from 100 per cent recycled polyester.

Under the bonnet of the 2024 Skoda Kodiaq are a range of powerplants in Europe, with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power all available. Petrol engines include 110kW 1.5-litre and 150kW 2.0-litre turbo-petrol options, while 110kW and 142kW versions of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel will also be available. All models use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with all-wheel drive standard on the higher-powered variants.

Australian drivetrains are yet to be confirmed, though we expect just the higher-powered 2.0-litre petrol unit to be on offer. In Europe is also a new 150kW 1.5-litre turbo-petrol plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which is combined with a 25.7kWh battery for 100km+ of all-electric range. It can be charged at up to 50kW on a DC charger, for a 100 per cent charge in under half an hour. The PHEV is unlikely to come to Australia.

The 2024 Skoda Kodiaq will go on sale in Australian in the fourth quarter of 2024, with local pricing and specifications to be announced. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

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