Next Generation Skoda Kodiaq Spyed For The First Time As Test Donkeys

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People who want the latest version of a particular vehicle have reason to be frustrated because updates are in almost all cases roughly three years away. If it’s not a facelift, then it’s a next-generation model. Case in point, Skoda unveiled a revised Kodiaq in April 2021 and this new spy shot shows the Czech marque has begun testing its second generation model on the open road.

It is still in its infancy as we are looking at early test mules with current bodies. It appears to be based on the hot Kodiaq RS judging by the 20-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and dual exhaust tips. As a refresher, the high-performance version lost the twin-turbodiesel engine with a facelift as Skoda decided to use the same 2.0 TSI borrowed from the Octavia RS and many other VAG products.

Caught in transporting a towing dynamometer, the next-generation Kodiaq has the hood painted in a different color compared to the rest of the panels. It also appears to sit slightly lower to the ground on the rear axle compared to the front, but the vehicle itself seems to be standard issue for the most part. Previously, Skoda said a plug-in hybrid only made sense for the Octavia and Superb because electric powertrains are popular with fleet buyers. That could mean the Kodiaq PHEV has been sidelined for the new model.

With this being a test mule, we’re probably at least a year away from the official debut. When it finally arrives, the Kodiaq 2024 should have some things in common with the next-generation Volkswagen Tiguan. Its more interesting sibling will be out sooner as recent spy shots depicted a prototype carrying a full production body. The duo is expected to feature the last generation of the VAG internal combustion engine, which was developed to meet Euro 7 regulations to come in a few years.

Elsewhere, automaker Mladá Boleslav will expand its crossover lineup later this decade with a smaller electric high-riding model positioned below the Enyaq. It was recently previewed as the Vision 7S concept and will be one of three EVs to be released in 2030, along with the city car and other models.