Skoda has revealed the second generation of its Kodiaq, one of its most popular models and the one that really showcased the brand’s push into the SUV market. Launched in 2016, over 800,000 have been sold and the new one arrives with plug-in hybrid powertrain options and a more spacious and luxurious interior.
“With the second-generation Kodiaq, we’re taking a fresh approach to interior design and functionality,” said Peter Olah, head of interior design at Skoda Auto. “Our new Skoda Smart Dials, featuring integrated displays, are customizable and streamline the operation of many vehicle functions.
“The Virtual Cockpit, combined with the optional head-up display and the free-standing 13in infotainment screen, provide all the information drivers need at a glance. Additionally, Design Selections have been rolled out in the Kodiaq, emphasizing our commitment to sustainable materials.”
One of the main features are the new Skoda Smart Dials, providing quick access to numerous vehicle functions. Placed on the center console beneath the 13in infotainment screen, they can be operated by turning and pressing and each features a digital color display with a 32mm diameter.
The two outer dials for the driver and front passenger control the interior temperature, seat heating and seat ventilation. Each dial’s current function is shown in the display and can be changed by pressing it. Drivers can customize the center dial to control up to four of the following functions: volume of the infotainment system, fan speed, air direction, air conditioning, driving modes and map zoom.
In a first for Skoda’s large SUV, a head-up display is available to complement the 10in Virtual Cockpit. The new center console has a cleaner look as the selector lever is now mounted on the steering column. Four USB-C ports with an output of 45W enable fast charging of smartphones, tablets or laptops. Also making its Škoda debut is a Phone Box that enables inductive charging of two smartphones at 15W and includes a cooling function. Ergonomic seats with a pneumatic massage function are available as an option. In addition, the new SUV is always online, offering numerous mobile online services and infotainment apps.
The Kodiaq also adopts the Design Selections that debuted in the Enyaq electric vehicle, featuring coordinated colors and materials including the option of the EcoSuite with sustainably treated leather. Skoda says that sustainability is a key theme throughout the interior, with all textiles used for the seat upholstery, the carpets in the cabin and the luggage compartment as well as the headliner being made of 100% recycled polyester or, in the case of the Design Selection Lounge, a combination of recycled yarns with 40% natural wool. Two useful Skoda details, the umbrella and ice scraper, are also made from sustainable materials. A useful addition that other manufacturers could also do with including is a display cleaner stored in the center console.
“Our all-new flagship SUV has everything it needs to be a worthy successor in the Skoda Kodiaq line,” said Klaus Zellmer, CEO of Skoda Auto. “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 100km, 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.”