The Kodiaq is the largest SUV model that Skoda makes, and it has been on sale since late 2016. Skoda had brought the Kodiaq to India for the first time back in 2018 via the CBU route. But when the government rolled out the BS6 emission norms in 2020, the Czech automaker pulled the plug on the diesel-powered Kodiaq. A year after that, we will be seeing the mid-size SUV once again. That is because, on April 13, 2021, the Skoda Kodiaq facelift will make its global debut. This is the first time that the Kodiaq is being given an update since its launch over four years ago. Skoda has now released sketches of the upcoming Kodiaq facelift – all three reveal a few details about its exterior design.
This being just a facelift, the general design of the Kodiaq will remain mostly unchanged over its predecessor. However, the tweaks will keep the SUV looking fresh and bring it on the same page as newer Skoda models. At the front, the Kodiaq facelift features Skoda’s latest hexagonal grille design, which is more upright and wider than before. The all-black vertical slats in the center are flanked all around by a thick chrome surround for that sporty yet upmarket flair. Skoda has also tweaked the design of the clamshell hood, which proudly plays host to the Skoda logo.
The facelift has further brought along a redesigned front bumper that houses a wider air intake at the bottom and designer L-shaped trim at the corners. As for the stylish LED headlamps, they are now sleeker than before and melt right into the top corner of the main grille. However, Skoda has carried over the fog lamps from the previous model, and they are located right underneath the headlamps. According to Skoda, this gives the front of the Kodiaq facelift a “four-eyed face.” The front fascia of the Kodiaq certainly gives it a good road presence whilst also adding some extra character.
Meanwhile, don’t expect any apparent changes along the sides of the Kodiaq facelift, save for new alloy wheels. At the back, Skoda has tweaked the design of the tail lamps for this facelift. Just like with the main headlamps, the new tail lamps are now sleeker, and house sharper-looking LED elements within them. Moreover, the crystalline structures inside the tail lamps give them a sophisticated and contemporary appeal. Chances are that Skoda would have also revised the rear bumper of the Kodiaq facelift while including some chrome and faux exhaust surrounds. Apart from these few updates, the rest of the Skoda Kodiaq facelift (including its dimensions) will go on unmodified.
The Skoda Kodiaq continues to ride on the MQB platform, one it shares with the outgoing Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. On the same note, the mechanical bits will also be the same as what you find in the latter. This means that, under the clamshell hood of the Kodiaq, sits a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI petrol engine. Power figures remain the same, too, so you will have 187hp and 320Nm of torque under your right foot. And just like in the new 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq facelift will also come with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. Upon its launch in India in the third quarter of 2021, the new Kodiaq will boast a price tag higher than that of its predecessor.