Skoda Company is having some big plans for the following years. At the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, they have presented their first electric car, the Vision E Concept which should go on sale sometime in 2020 and should offer a range of more than 300 miles. However, this is not all; the newest Skoda Superb has also been announced for 2019 and will use a plug-in hybrid engine under its hood. And after that, it should appear as the all-electric model too. Furthermore, they are also planning the hybrid version of the popular Kodiaq SUV which should hit the world’s market as the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid.
According to the latest news, both models, the Kodiaq and Superb will use the same engine which powers the VW Passat GTE. As well, just like the Skoda Superb, the Kodiaq will also be available with an electric powertrain sometime by the year of 2020. However, nothing is said yet about its exterior and interior design or either if we can expect some changes this time. However, we assume that there shouldn’t be any major changes for the 2019 model year. And perhaps it could get some upgrades in the technology and some new details such as badging in order to distinguish the hybrid from the standard version.
Engine and performance of the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid
Under the hood of the new 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid will be placed the same engine as in the Skoda Superb. And this engine has been first used in the Volkswagen Passat GTE. It is a 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged engine combined with an electric motor of 85 kWh (114 hp). The total output of this engine will be 215 horsepower. This engine will work with a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Design of exterior and interior
For now, there isn’t any official information about the design of the upcoming 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid. However, it is very likely that it won’t feature any large changes or changes at all. The Kodiaq is an attractive and good-looking SUV with recognizable grille and a pair of angular headlamps on the front. It is well-proportioned and offered with several designs of the wheels.
Stepping inside, the cabin of the 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid is very spacious. It is able to welcome up to seven passengers. All the seats slide, so the access is very easy for all the occupants. The rear seats can be folded down too which provides excellent cargo space. The seats are covered in leather and are offered with heating function. The dashboard is equipped with a touchscreen with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and infotainment system.
Some of the equipment include USB, wireless charging, Canton sound system with 10 speakers, three-zone climate control etc. As for the safety, it is provided with blind spot detection, high beam light assist, pedestrian monitor, crew protection assist and so on.
Release date and price
The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq Hybrid should arrive sometime during next year. The pricing is not yet revealed but it will definitively be higher than the price of the current model. The standard version costs around $43,000.