The Skoda Kodiaq is one of the more capable and luxurious SUVs on sale today and the offering has been around for some time. The Czech automaker is now looking to bring a midlife refresh to the brisk seller and the updated version was recently spotted testing in its home market – the Czech Republic. The video shot on a highway shows the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift test mule wearing scanty camouflage and changes will be limited to the front and rear profile of the SUV.
Updates on the Skoda Kodiaq facelift will include cosmetic revisions like the revised butterfly grille with vertical slats, reworked headlamps that now integrate with the grille, and a new pattern for the LED daytime running lights. The foglamp design also seems to have been revised on the car, along with wider intakes on the bumper covered in honeycomb mesh. Changes to the side are minimal and we could see new alloys upon launch, while the rear is expected to get a revised tailgate. The LED taillights will be revised and likely to sport a new signature pattern as well. The rear bumper will also be updated with similar changes to the one at the front.
The cabin on the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq facelift could see subtle revisions, although the video gives us no clear shot of it. Do expect to see new features, more connected options and improvements overall. The dashboard layout could remain the same but the digital console, seat upholstery and other cosmetic bits could see updates.
Globally, the Skoda Kodiaq is offered with a number of engines that will be carried over on the 2021 facelift. This includes the 1.5-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TSI petrol, and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Transmission options include the 6-speed manual and 7-speed DSG automatic on the SUV. The car is offered as a front-wheel-drive and 4×4.
For India, Skoda is readying the Kodiaq TSI for launch next year with the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is the same mill that also powers the Volkswagen Tiguan AllSpace in India and develops 190PS and 320Nm of peak torque. Under the VW Group’s petrol-only strategy, it replaces the 2.0-litre TDI version that was discontinued at the end of March 2020 with the transition to BS6 emission norms.
The Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TSI is scheduled for India launch in the second quarter of 2021 and it needs to be seen if the global facelift will arrive by then to make its way to India. Skoda India could also bring the pre-facelift model itself instead, much like it did with the Octavia RS that was introduced at the Auto Expo earlier this year at the end of its global life-cycle. Prices for the 2021 Skoda Kodiaq TSI will be over Rs. 30 lakh (ex-showroom).