Škoda Kodiaq – The Updated Successful SUV

Škoda Kodiaq (2022) – The Successful SUV Gets An Update

Approximately four years after the KODIAQ’s market launch, the carmaker has updated its internationally successful SUV with even more refined and striking design language. For the first time, the large SUV can be equipped with full-LED Matrix headlights as well as ergonomically optimised seats with ventilation and a massage function. The line-up of efficient EVO engines includes a new, more powerful TSI engine for the KODIAQ RS. Apart from this sporty range-topping model, the Czech car manufacturer continues to offer its SUV – which is also available as a seven-seater – in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels, and as SPORTLINE as well as L&K variants.

Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said: “When we launched the KODIAQ approximately four years ago, we introduced the ŠKODA qualities to the SUV segment: ample space, a wealth of Simply Clever features and excellent value for money. Of course, this latest edition of our bestseller also comes with these attributes but we have developed it further. It now offers even more comfort, more efficient engines, and a fresh and striking design. I am confident that we will build on the KODIAQ success story with our revised model.”

An even bolder look and optional full-LED Matrix headlights make their debut
A further developed ŠKODA SUV design language sets the updated KODIAQ apart. Aluminiumeffect design details on the front and rear apron emphasise the rugged look of the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels. This is reinforced even further by the restyled front with a hexagonal, more upright ŠKODA grille. The slimmer, more dynamic-looking headlights now feature LED technology as standard and – as a first for the KODIAQ – full-LED Matrix headlights are optional. The 19-inch Procyon and 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels for the KODIAQ RS come with removable covers that improve aerodynamics. Special, aerodynamically optimised wheels, the redesigned bumpers, a new, gloss black rear spoiler and side finlets on the rear window also reduce drag.

Introducing a more sustainable interior and optional ergonomic seats
New decorative trims, additional contrasting stitching and the LED ambient lighting’s extended range of functions provide modern visual touches in the interior. For the first time, the extras include ergonomic, perforated-leather seats with multiway electric seat adjustment, ventilation and a massage function. Eco seats are optional for the Ambition and Style levels, and feature highquality, sustainable seat covers made of vegan, recycled materials.

Optional digital instrument cluster and enhanced CANTON sound system
The ŠKODA KODIAQ can be equipped with a digital instrument cluster, also referred to as the Virtual Cockpit. This features a 10.25-inch display and offers five customisable and redesigned layouts. The optional CANTON sound system with a total output of 625 watts has also been improved. In addition to the central speaker in the dashboard and the subwoofer in the boot, the system now comes with ten speakers instead of the previous eight. The two new speakers are located in the front door panels and are framed by a circular chrome trim.


Improved assistance systems and typical Simply Clever solutions
The ŠKODA KODIAQ’s wide range of assistance systems now includes the enhanced version of Crew Protect Assist as an option, which has additional radar sensors at the rear to respond to vehicles that pose a collision risk. There are two Travel Assist options that – depending on the model – incorporate five to eight assistance systems. These include Predictive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lane Assist and an improved version of Traffic Sign Recognition. The variety of Simply Clever details that are typical of the brand now also include the integrated funnel in the lid of the windscreen washer tank.

Active, Ambition and Style trim levels as well as SPORTLINE, L&K and RS variants
The updated KODIAQ is available in the Active, Ambition and Style trim levels, and as SPORTLINE, L&K as well as RS variants. The Czech car manufacturer has refined the look of its sporty top-of-the-range model, the KODIAQ RS. The biturbo diesel used in the previous model has been replaced by a new, more powerful TSI petrol engine with 180 kW (245 PS). This engine is more than 60 kg lighter and offers better driving performance. Like the other four power units – the two petrol engines producing 110 kW (150 PS) and 140 kW (190 PS), as well as the two diesels with an output of 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) – the 2.0-litre engine fitted in the KODIAQ RS also comes from Volkswagen Group’s latest, more efficient and lower-emission EVO generation.

Exterior: additional off-road features for a more rugged look

› Newly designed front with an upright, hexagonal ŠKODA grille
› Slimmer LED headlights as standard, full-LED Matrix technology as an option
› Distinct look for the L&K and SPORTLINE variants, and new wheels measuring up to 20 inches

With its redesigned front, new off-road features and a hexagonal ŠKODA grille, the KODIAQ now appears even more rugged. The Active, Ambition and Style levels sport aluminium-effect trims on the front and rear apron. A new spoiler design optimises the large SUV’s aerodynamics and enables a drag coefficient (cd) from 0.31. The now significantly slimmer LED headlights are available with full-LED Matrix technology as an option – this is a first for the range – providing a more striking light cluster. New alloy wheels with a diameter of up to 20 inches have also been added to the choice of extras. The L&K and the SPORTLINE variants feature their own distinctive design highlights.

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, said: “With the KODIAQ update, we have refined its key design features even further. The new, hexagonal ŠKODA grille, more striking bonnet and off-road accents at the front and rear all add to the KODIAQ’s rugged appearance. The design of the four newly arranged headlights lends our large SUV a unique character. The new rear spoiler improves the car’s aerodynamics and, together with the sharper tail lights, provides the rear with a sleeker look.”

The bonnet has been raised significantly at the sides, above the front wheel arches, and the

ŠKODA grille is now more upright, sporting a hexagonal design. From the Style trim upwards, the double ribs are chrome-plated. The headlights are slimmer and feature LED technology as standard, even in the entry-level trim.


Optional full-LED Matrix headlights and distinct four-light cluster
Optional full-LED Matrix headlights make their debut in this range and ensure excellent visibility at all times, particularly in the dark. The KODIAQ L&K and the sporty top-level model, the

KODIAQ RS, come with full-LED Matrix headlights as standard. The full-LED Matrix headlights of the new KODIAQ do not have separate fog lights, instead, they feature poor weather lighting – a mode that better illuminates the road when visibility is poor. Pulling out the lights’ rotary control switch by one stop activates this function.

New bumpers and clean-cut LED tail lights
The ŠKODA designers have also restyled the KODIAQ’s bumpers. The body-coloured, sculptured front apron features a crystalline, mesh-effect air inlet in the lower section, with L-shaped finishing touches on the sides that look like air curtains. Active, Ambition and Style sport an aerodynamically optimised, black-grained front spoiler with an aluminium-effect trim as standard. The tail lights are sharper and slimmer than before and feature full-LED technology as standard. From the Ambition trim upwards, they also come with dynamic indicators and an animated welcome effect. The tail lights are characterised by crystalline structures and the ŠKODA-typical C-shaped light cluster.

Gloss black rear spoiler and new alloy wheels measuring up to 20 inches
The new rear spoiler in gloss black makes the body of the KODIAQ appear longer than it actually is. Together with side finlets, the spoiler improves the car’s aerodynamics, thereby reducing its CO2 emissions. The diffuser at the rear sports an aluminium-effect trim, while the sculptured bumper is body-coloured. The third brake light is incorporated into the spoiler, and the rear window below that is narrower than before. This reinforces the SUV’s and adds to its dynamic look. Distinctive, black-grained side skirts made of robust plastic and substantial wheel arches at the front and rear with striking trims underpin the KODIAQ’s powerful appearance. The wheels, some of which have been restyled, measure 17 to 20 inches. The 20-inch Sagitarius – exclusively available for the KODIAQ RS – and the 19-inch Procyon alloys come with removable covers that help improve aerodynamics.

A boot of up to 2,065 l
At 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and with a wheelbase of 2,790 mm, the ŠKODA KODIAQ can accommodate up to seven people if the optional third row of seats is specified. As a five-seater, it has a boot capacity of 835 l, which can be increased to a mighty 2,065 l by folding down the rear seats.

ŠKODA KODIAQ SPORTLINE with black visual touches
The KODIAQ SPORTLINE is characterised by numerous sporty design features. These include the gloss black grille surround and matt black ribs. The window frames, wing mirrors, and roof rails are also black, as are the ŠKODA lettering and model designation on the tailgate. The striking tailpipes of the exhaust system and a strip above the rear diffuser are chrome-plated, while the front and rear aprons as well as the side skirts are body-coloured. The range of standard equipment for the SPORTLINE also includes anthracite 19-inch Triglav alloys, LED tail lights with dynamic indicators and an animated welcome effect as well as tinted side windows. SPORTLINE badges adorn the front wings.

ŠKODA KODIAQ L&K with chrome applications
The KODIAQ L&K’s grille surround and ribs, as well as its window frames, are all chrome-plated. Its roof rails come in a silver finish, and the front and rear apron, as well as the side skirts, are all body-coloured. This variant also comes with chrome-plated tailpipes and a chrome trim above the rear diffuser. In addition to tinted side windows and LED tail lights with dynamic indicators and an animated welcome effect, the L&K’s range of standard equipment also includes full-LED Matrix headlights. The KODIAQ L&K rolls out of the factory on anthracite 19-inch Sirius alloys. And to add to the unique touches, this variant bears a model-specific badge on its front wings.

Interior: increased comfort and sustainable materials

› A first for the range: optional ergonomic seats with ventilation, massage function and leather upholstery
› Extras for Ambition and Style include seat covers made of vegan and recycled materials
› The two- and three-spoke steering wheels now have more functions

More comfortable, more ergonomic and more sustainable: ŠKODA has developed the KODIAQ’s interior even further. For the first time, the brand’s large SUV can be equipped with ergonomic front seats including ventilation and a massage function. The covers of the optional Eco seats are made of sustainable, vegan materials. Fresh accents are provided by new decorative strips and contrasting stitching, as well as LED ambient lighting with an extended range of functions.

Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design, said: “We have really focused on providing greater comfort and sustainability in the interior. For the first time, we’re offering ergonomic seats with ventilation and a massage function for our large SUV, and we exclusively use animal-free, recycled materials for the optional Eco seats.”

The ŠKODA KODIAQ can now be equipped with ergonomic seats with multiway electric seat adjustment, taking comfort and ergonomics to a new level. They are covered in perforated leather, can be heated and ventilated, and offer a massage function. The seat surface can be extended manually if desired, and the integrated memory function saves personal settings at the touch of a button. Eco seats are optional for Ambition and Style. These come with high-quality seat covers made of sustainable materials. The seats in Style are upholstered in a new leather/fabric cover. A black Suedia roof lining is optional.

Contrasting stitching and enhanced LED ambient lighting create new visual highlights
The ŠKODA KODIAQ’s interior is spacious and has a high-quality feel with many carefully considered details. This includes new contrasting grey stitching (red in the KODIAQ RS) that runs horizontally across the entire of the dashboard, as well as additional contrasting stitching on the door trims. The dashboard and doors are adorned with new brushed aluminium-effect (Ambition) or linear-diamond-design (Style) decorative strips. The LED ambient lighting with an extended range of functions now also illuminates the footwell – in one of the ten colour options – while lighting up the storage compartments in the front doors in white. When opening the front doors, a ŠKODA logo is projected onto the ground next to the vehicle. LED ambient lighting is available as an option for the Ambition and Style trim levels, while it comes as standard for the L&K, SPORTLINE and RS variants.

Leather steering wheel with a choice of two or three spokes and new functions
With the optional heated multifunction leather steering wheels in the latest ŠKODA styling, a wealth of functions for the vehicle – as well as for assistance and infotainment systems – can be managed using knurled wheels and control buttons without the driver having to take their hands off the steering wheel. Travel Assist can now be operated using just one button. Assistance systems also offer Hands-on Detect for the steering wheel. With this feature, the car is able to check at regular intervals whether the driver is touching the steering wheel consistently or whether they may no longer have control due to a potential medical emergency. The steering wheel of vehicles fitted with DSG also features shift paddles to allow the driver to select the gears manually. The KODIAQ comes with a two-spoke steering wheel as standard. A three-spoke sports steering wheel upholstered in leather is optional for most variants, and comes as standard for the SPORTLINE and RS.

CANTON sound system now with ten speakers
The optional CANTON sound system with a total output of 625 watts has also been revised. In addition to the central speaker in the dashboard and the subwoofer in the boot, the system now comes with ten speakers instead of the previous eight. The two new speakers are located in the front door panels and are framed by a circular chrome trim.

Black sports styling and carbon define the look in the KODIAQ SPORTLINE
The KODIAQ SPORTLINE’s interior is characterised by black sports styling and decorative carbon-effect trim. The sports seats with integrated headrests are upholstered in black Suedia and feature contrasting grey stitching. The driver’s seat can be adjusted electrically as standard and has a memory function. As an extra, the front seats can be upholstered in leather, ventilated, adjusted electrically (including memory function) and their surface extended. The three-spoke sports steering wheel features contrasting silver stitching and a SPORTLINE badge, while the pedal covers have a stainless-steel look. The roof lining is black too, as is the decorative stitching on the dashboard and in the door trims (these are upholstered in Suedia in the SPORTLINE).


Ventilated seats as standard in the KODIAQ L&K
The KODIAQ L&K features perforated front seats upholstered in black or beige, and include ventilation and electric seat adjustment with memory function. The contrasting stitching on the dashboard and door trim is grey, while the decorative strips come in a piano black finish. The multifunction steering wheel bears an L&K badge; the infotainment display welcomes the driver and passengers with an L&K logo. The KODIAQ L&K features stainless steel-look pedal covers and LED ambient lighting with an extended range of functions. The standard equipment also includes the CANTON sound system.

Engines: advanced EVO generation with lower fuel consumption and emissions

› Five engines deliver an output from 110 kW (150 PS) to 180 kW (245 PS)
› Progressive steering for improved sports handling and smooth vehicle operation
ŠKODA presents five advanced and efficient engines from Volkswagen Group’s latest EVO generation for the KODIAQ. The nitrogen oxides emitted by the two diesel engines are significantly below the standards stipulated thanks to the ‘twin dosing’ exhaust gas treatment. The 2.0 TSI petrol engine fitted in the sporty range-topping model, the KODIAQ RS, with a power output of 180 kW (245 PS), is used for the first time in the large ŠKODA SUV.

Johannes Neft, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development, said: “We have improved the latest-generation EVO engines’ power delivery and made them more efficient while reducing their CO2 and NOx emissions. Our 180-kW 2.0 TSI which makes its debut in the KODIAQ is our most powerful engine. Compared to its predecessor, it’s lighter and offers greater performance.”

The two 2.0 TDI diesels on offer for the ŠKODA KODIAQ produce 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS). They are always coupled with a 7-speed DSG. And there is a choice of three petrol engines. The 1.5 TSI, with an output of 110 kW (150 PS), is the only variant available exclusively with front-wheel drive and a manual 6-speed gearbox; DSG is optional. The first of the 2.0 TSIs produces 140 kW (190 PS) and the other, fitted in the KODIAQ RS, generates 180 kW (245 PS). Both come with all-wheel drive and DSG. All engines fulfil the Euro 6d emissions standard.

EVO engines: extremely efficient with even lower emissions
Numerous technical solutions make the latest-generation EVOs incredibly efficient while ensuring low emissions. Both diesel engines are equipped with an advanced SCR exhaust gas treatment system and two catalytic converters. Using what is known as ‘twin dosing’, AdBlue® is specifically injected in front of the two SCR catalytic converters that are positioned one after the other, reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to far below the specified limits. Weight-optimised crankshafts and extensive modifications to the exhaust gas routing – as well as the turbo, injection and thermo-management systems – result in lower fuel consumption. The more powerful unit also uses lighter aluminium pistons and the turbocharger is water-cooled. As a result, the EVO-generation petrol engines are more efficient than their predecessors. An injection pressure of up to 350 bar ensures lower hydraulic losses and a reduced fuel delivery rate. Equipped with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), the 1.5 TSI automatically shuts down two cylinders when engine load is low, thereby reducing fuel consumption further.

The new KODIAQ RS engine is more than 60 kg lighter
The sporty top-of-the-range model now comes with a new 2.0 TSI petrol engine instead of the previous biturbo diesel. Its power output has increased by 4 kW (5 PS) to 180 kW (245 PS), and maximum torque of 370 Nm is available from just 1,600 rpm. As the new unit is more than 60 kg lighter than its predecessor and the new 7-speed DSG has also shed 5.2 kg, the updated ŠKODA KODIAQ RS boasts even more dynamic driving characteristics and improved performance. The RS

accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds (0.4 seconds quicker than its predecessor) and its top speed has increased to 234 km/h (9 km/h more than its predecessor).

Progressive steering combines sportiness and ease of use
Progressive steering is a standard feature in the KODIAQ L&K, SPORTLINE and KODIAQ RS, and available as an option for the Style trim level. The variable steering ratio, which depends on the steering angle, enables better handling at higher speeds and greater agility in corners. At the same time, the steering forces are significantly lower at larger steering angles, for example when turning at low speeds in the city or when parking, making the vehicle easier to manoeuvre.

Safety: Travel Assist and up to nine airbags

› Travel Assist includes five to eight assistance systems
› Increased comfort thanks to Park Assist, Area View and Trailer Assist
› Optional Crew Protect Assist reacts to impending collisions

The refreshed ŠKODA KODIAQ offers improved assistance systems and safety features, as well as nine airbags, to protect its occupants in the best possible way. The optional Crew Protect Assist feature reacts to imminent collisions to help reduce the severity of an accident. Travel Assist incorporates five to eight assistance systems, including Predictive Cruise Control, Adaptive Lane Assist and an improved version of Traffic Sign Recognition.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ can be equipped with up to nine airbags to fully protect its occupants in the event of an accident. Driver and front passenger airbags are fitted as standard in EU countries, as are front side airbags, curtain airbags and a knee airbag for the driver. Side airbags in the second row of seats are optional together with Crew Protect Assist. If the vehicle sensors detect an imminent collision or register sudden braking, this system automatically closes any open windows and the panoramic roof, activates the hazard lights and pre-tensions the front seat belts.

A wealth of assistance systems increase safety and comfort
Numerous assistance systems are available for the ŠKODA KODIAQ which aim to prevent accidents from occurring. Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection and City Emergency Brake function are included as standard within the EU. Up to a distance of 70 m, the optional Side Assist warns the driver of vehicles approaching from behind in good time.

Travel Assist makes use of radar- and camera-based systems as well as navigation data
Journeys are made safer by Travel Assist, which is available in two versions and includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). This uses images from the camera on the windscreen as well as data from the navigation system and, if desired, reacts in good time to speed limits or corners. In combination with a DSG, the ACC’s Stop & Go function can automatically bring the vehicle to a standstill and have it pull away again automatically within up to three seconds. Travel Assist also includes a more precise version of Traffic Sign Recognition (thanks to an improved camera), Adaptive Lane Assist (now able to identify road works and all road markings), Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist. The enhanced version of Travel Assist also includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert and Park Assist. Using Hands-on Detect, this system also checks whether the driver is touching the steering wheel every 15 seconds or whether they may no longer have control due to a potential medical emergency. In this case, Emergency Assist activates the hazard lights and brings the car to a stop in its current lane.

Convenient parking assistance
In addition to the optional rear-view camera, Area View provides an overview of the car’s immediate surroundings when parking or manoeuvring. For this purpose, four cameras create a 360-degree image around the vehicle, which is shown on the central display. The integrated Manoeuvre Assist detects obstacles in front of and behind the vehicle and brakes automatically if necessary. The current version of the optional Park Assist feature takes over the steering when driving in and out of

parallel and bay parking spaces, and can now also automatically park forwards into bays. If desired, Trailer Assist can lend a helping hand when reverse parking while towing, by turning the steering wheel and guiding the vehicle and trailer to follow the angle the driver would like to use (set by the driver using the turn-switch for the wing mirrors).

Connectivity: advanced, digital and customisable

› A choice of three infotainment systems with screens of up to 9.2 inches
› State-of-the-art connectivity with permanent Internet access and online features › Digital instrument cluster with new layouts and 10.25-inch display optional
The ŠKODA KODIAQ offers state-of-the-art, third-generation infotainment systems from Volkswagen Group featuring large touchscreens and a comprehensive list of online features (including radio). The Bolero, Amundsen and Columbus systems come with a digital DAB radio and are permanently online thanks to a built-in eSIM. A digital instrument cluster (10.25 inches) with new layouts is available as an option.

The Bolero infotainment system and the Amundsen navigation system in the refreshed ŠKODA KODIAQ feature an 8-inch touchscreen. Thanks to a built-in eSIM, they are always online and offer digital DAB radio as well as optional web radio. The system can be operated via the touchscreen, the buttons and knurled wheels on the multifunction steering wheels, or by using Laura, the digital voice assistant. Backed by online data, she can understand 15 languages. The Columbus navigation system comes with a 9.2-inch screen. Map and software updates are installed ‘over the air’.

Digital instrument cluster with model-specific layouts for the KODIAQ SPORTLINE and RS
A digital instrument cluster – also referred to as the Virtual Cockpit – is an optional extra. This features a 10.25-inch display and offers five redesigned layouts. The information displayed in the Classic, Extended, Modern, Basic and Sport layouts can be individually configured by the driver. The layouts for the KODIAQ SPORTLINE and KODIAQ RS are model-specific and feature a more dynamic background. A centre-console Phone Box for inductively charging a smartphone is another extra. Mobile devices can also be connected to the vehicle and charged via a USB-C port. There is even an optional USB-C port on the rear-view mirror, to power a dashcam for example.

Infotainment apps for weather and news
The online features in the ŠKODA KODIAQ include the infotainment apps. They display the news and the weather, and can connect a personal Google calendar to the vehicle. Smartphones can be paired using Wireless SmartLink technology, Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The ŠKODA Connect infotainment online services enable, among other things, remote access to the vehicle via the

MyŠKODA app. This allows the driver to lock and unlock their KODIAQ via a smartphone, display the car’s location on a map or activate the Honk & Flash function to make it easier to find the vehicle in a large car park.

Simply Clever: a tradition of smart solutions

› Up to 45 features make everyday use of the ŠKODA KODIAQ that bit easier 
› New highlight: funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank
› Classic elements include the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap and ticket holder on the A-pillar
The ŠKODA KODIAQ can now also be ordered with an integrated funnel in the lid of the windscreen washer tank. Familiar features are also included, such as the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge, the ticket holder on the A-pillar and an umbrella in both front doors. In total, the large SUV offers up to 45 Simply Clever details.

Extra comfort for rear-seat passengers is provided by the optional Sleep Comfort package, which includes two comfortable, larger headrests and a blanket. The range of options also includes tablet holders on the front-seat headrests, providing the passengers in the back with additional entertainment. The folding tables on the backs of the front seats are perfect for snacks, as a work surface or storage area. The optional electric tailgate ensures that the boot can be opened with ease at all times, while the virtual pedal allows the tailgate to be opened with just a foot movement.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ’s interior can be equipped with up to four USB-C ports. In addition, the Easy Open cup holder enables the driver to conveniently open a bottle placed there with just one hand.


Selected Simply Clever features at a glance (some are optional)

Two USB-C ports in the front, one in the rear and one on the rear-view mirror
Funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank
Sleep Comfort package
Electric tailgate incl. Tip-To-Close function and virtual pedal
Storage compartment in the front doors with umbrella
False boot floor
Tablet holders on the headrests of the front seats
Easy-Open cup holder
Holders for 1.5-litre bottles in the front and rear doors
Folding tables on the backs of the front seats
Misfuel protection (diesel)
Bag hooks in the boot
Retractable boot cover with release button
Double-sided boot liner
Cargo fasteners in the false boot floor
Ice scraper in the fuel filler flap with a tyre tread depth gauge
Ticket holder on the A-pillar
Electric child safety lock
Retractable mechanical sun blinds for the rear side windows
Electrically retractable tow bar

ŠKODA KODIAQ RS: stronger, lighter and faster

› New 2.0 TSI petrol engine is 60 kg lighter than its predecessor
› New 20-inch wheels, model-specific front apron and gloss black visual touches
› Interior with RS-typical design features and black Suedia upholstery with contrasting stitching
More power and less weight provide the ŠKODA KODIAQ RS with even greater sports handling. The body applications are gloss black and new 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels come with aerodynamic covers. The KODIAQ RS now features a model-specific, sleek front bumper. The interior highlights include the digital instrument cluster and black, Suedia-upholstered seats and door trims. The new 2.0 TSI petrol engine with an output of 180 kW (245 PS) replaces the previous biturbo diesel.

With its stylish black body applications and sporty design features, the ŠKODA KODIAQ RS is immediately recognisable as a member of the Czech carmaker’s RS family. The newly designed, hexagonal ŠKODA grille with its expressive double ribs is finished in gloss black, as are the window frames and roof rails. The RS-specific front apron has been revised and is body-coloured. Additional eye-catchers at the front of the KODIAQ RS include the slimmer headlights, which are now equipped with full-LED Matrix technology as standard. The rear – as with all RS models – features a reflector spanning the entire of the vehicle. The RS logo can be found on the tailgate and on the ŠKODA grille. The burnished 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels in metallic black and aerodynamic covers come as standard.

Black Suedia upholstery in the interior
Black sports styling shows off the interior of the KODIAQ RS, which features a digital instrument cluster with model-specific layouts as standard. The sports seats with integrated headrests are upholstered in black Suedia and feature striking contrasting red stitching. A red RS logo is embroidered on the front seats. Red stitching can also be found on the dashboard and the armrests in the doors. The door trims are upholstered in black Suedia, with black diamond cross stitching. As an option, the roof lining comes in exclusive black Suedia and the front seats can be upholstered in leather, be ventilated and electrically adjustable (including memory function). The seat surface can also be extended.

Progressive steering and Dynamic Sound Boost as standard
The new 2.0 TSI petrol engine (for more information, see the ‘Engines’ section) fitted in the

KODIAQ RS produces 180 kW (245 PS). This top-of-the-range unit is more powerful and more than 60 kg lighter than the previous biturbo diesel. This results in better performance and even greater dynamics. Progressive steering, which comes as standard, enhances the car’s sporty handling while Dynamic Sound Boost intensifies the engine’s note.

The SUV story: the KODIAQ was the first model in the brand’s SUV campaign

› Early forerunners: almost 3,000 TREKKAs were produced between 1966 and 1972
› In 2009, ŠKODA launched the YETI as the Czech brand’s first modern-day SUV
› In 2016, the KODIAQ kickstarted the current SUV family, which now includes eight models
ŠKODA’s SUV story began 50 years prior to the
KODIAQ being launched in 2016. The TREKKA off-road vehicle was developed in New Zealand in 1966 and based on the original OCTAVIA. By 1972, just under 3,000 units had been built. In 2009, the ŠKODA YETI paved the way for the Czech car manufacturer’s modern-era SUV, and seven years later, the company launched its successful SUV campaign with the KODIAQ. The current SUV family now includes eight models.

The ŠKODA TREKKA from 1966 is the forefather of the current ŠKODA SUV family. The rugged off-roader was built in New Zealand and based on the original OCTAVIA, with just under

3,000 vehicles produced up to 1972. The model was loved by customers in New Zealand, Australia,

Fiji, Samoa and Vietnam. ŠKODA’s first modern-day SUV was the striking and highly practical YETI, launched in 2009. The introduction of the KODIAQ in 2016 marked the start of the Czech carmaker’s major SUV campaign.

ŠKODA KODIAQ – a global success
The KODIAQ quickly became a success all over the world. By the end of May 2021, the company had produced and delivered more than 620,000 units. Due to the high demand, the KODIAQ is manufactured at ŠKODA’s domestic plant in Kvasiny as well as in Changsha in China, Aurangabad in India and Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. The model is sold in approximately 60 international markets.

An impressive family of eight
The KODIAQ – the pioneer of the family that now has eight models – is also available as a seven-seater and, in 2018, became the first ŠKODA SUV to be available as an RS variant. The KAROQ followed in 2017 and a year later, the compact KAMIQ (a new entry-level model) and the KODIAQ GT SUV coupé were launched – both exclusively available on the Chinese market.

In 2019, ŠKODA unveiled the KAMIQ GT, another China-exclusive SUV coupé. At the same time in Europe, the MQB-A0-based KAMIQ city SUV was launched. In 2020, ŠKODA presented the

ENYAQ iV – its first all-electric SUV – and with it, the brand launched its electromobility campaign. With the ENYAQ iV, the Czech carmaker also adapted its SUV nomenclature to aptly start with the letter E. The latest member of ŠKODA’s SUV family is the KUSHAQ, which was developed especially for the Indian market. Overall, ŠKODA has built and sold more than two million SUVs. In 2020, these models made up nearly 40% of the brand’s global deliveries.

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