The midlife update here towards the end of the year asks RS fans to change their fuel preferences.
In addition to the obvious styling tweaks, New Zealand’s best-selling Skoda vehicle, the Kodiak, also seems to change mind about the variants that strongly support Kiwi.
The mid-life facelift, unveiled overnight and expected to hit New Zealand by the end of the year, is modest, including new lights, higher tech options, the possibility to upgrade the cabin further, and the finest Kodiak petrol engine Offers a nice look change RS instead of the old diesel.
The 180kW / 500Nm diesel engine of the current car is used in the 182kW 2.0 TSI petrol unit. Guess-not yet revealed by Skoda-this is the same engine as the Golf GTI, which means it may produce only 370 Nm of torque. Skoda says the gasoline-powered Kodiak RS is about 60kg lighter at the nose. This should help with its performance and dynamics, despite the lack of torque.
The two diesel and three other petrol power plants are surprisingly not hybrid-configured, but are also listed in the updated car, but none of these will be sold in New Zealand. Not shared.
Diesel output is due to the new “Evo” version of Volkswagen Group’s 2.0 TDI 4-cylinder engine, which uses double doses to reduce NOx emissions. It is always paired with a 7-speed DSG automatic and can be held in a tuned state of 111kW or 150kW. The latter can only be held with four-wheel drive.
The European entry-level petrol Codiac is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter TSI petrol engine, delivers 112kW and is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG Auto. The 141kW 2.0-liter TSI alternative comes standard with a DSG transmission and four-wheel drive.
Complementing the more prominent grille on the front is a new, taller bonnet, redesigned bumpers, and slimmer LED headlights. The latter is standard, but for the first time Kodiak can optionally install full LED matrix headlights.
There is also a new LED taillight, most of the range gets a “dynamic” indicator. A slight restyle of the back bumper has been applied, and a new glossy black roof spoiler has also been installed throughout the range. There are also some new alloy wheel designs to keep things up to 20 inches fresh.
The RS and Sportline look almost the same, the RS uses the same black detail theme, but with a unique design of bumpers, exhaust vents and 20-inch wheels.
The interior hasn’t undergone much visual change, but there’s more than visible beyond some trim changes and the new steering wheel.
Skoda has added the latest Volkswagen Group infotainment software and hardware, embedded eSIM, and “wireless” updates to the new Kodiaq. The central touch screen is 8.0 inches or 9.2 inches diagonal, has a USB-C port for device charging, and can accommodate a 10.25 inch digital instrument display (called the virtual cockpit). LED ambient lighting has also been expanded and the canton sound system has been upgraded.
Ergonomic seats decorated with perforated leather are a new option. They can be heated and ventilated and have electrical regulation and massage functions. The “Eco” seat is offered as a vegan midrange model made from recycled Skoda labels.
The fresh look of Kodiak is revealed
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