Skoda has revealed photos of the next generation Kodiak and Great put to the test of an extreme winter in the Arctic Circle.
The Czech manufacturer said the vehicle, teased in disguise, will be revealed in the northern spring of 2023 (September-November).
Currently, of the two only the Superb is offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, though not in Australia. Both are expected to get Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter TSI EVO2 plug-in hybrid powertrain.
This is the most revealing appearance of the fourth-generation Superb. Although it wears camouflage, it looks more angular than the current car.
The new Superb will continue to offer a range of petrol, diesel and PHEV powertrains, as well as both a hatchback and a wagon.
Recently, Skoda released photos of the upcoming model in liftback and wagon guise with a large piece of green fabric draped over the top.
The second-generation Kodiaq is expected to take styling cues from the Vision 7S concept unveiled by the brand in 2022.
However, like the Superb it seems to have a largely evolutionary design language. Earlier teasers revealed it would sport a distinctive new LED daytime running light signature, though.
Both models are expected to wear the Skoda wordmark on their rear ends.
Both models are expected to switch to the MQB Evo architecture, which is also used in the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and Cupra Formentor.
At this stage, there is no information about the internal changes of both models but it is expected that Skoda’s latest infotainment system will be displayed.
Both may receive a tablet-style infotainment screen display.
Cold weather testing allows manufacturers to determine possible engine and mechanical problems in temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees.
Skoda says its latest tests allow its engineers to ensure the engine starts without a problem in extreme cold weather, and that the doors, windows and charging sockets are all open.
The company also tested the effects of charging in freezing conditions.
Skoda has a lot of fresh products coming up.
New versions of the Scala, Kamiq and Octavia will arrive in Australia in 2024, along with the Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe electric SUVs.
Skoda has also detailed its upcoming EV range in Europe. A facelifted Enyaq and Enyaq Coupe will arrive in 2025, while a new Volkswagen Tiguan-sized model called the Elroq will replace the combustion-powered Karoq in 2024.
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