Skoda are currently in the process of renovating its Karoq and Kodiaq, due to be released some point in 2020. They are expected to be updating the style, drivetrain and technology. The revised models are due to be on sale later this year, with prices starting from around £22,000 for the Karoq and £30,000 for the Kodiaq.
One feature that is being revised is Skoda’s Side Assist blind spot monitoring system, which increases both SUV’s detection range from 20 meters to 70 meters. The warning signals have been relocated from the mirror glass to the inside of the wing mirrors, making them more noticeable to the driver.
The upcoming SUV’s will be equipped with Skoda’s adaptive chassis on front-wheel versions of the Karoq and Kodiaq. The electronically adjustable system will automatically calibrate the damping to the current road conditions or the preferred driving style. The advance system allows drivers to choose from three driving modes.
The Karoq will be offered with Skoda’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 187bph and 400Nm of torque. This engine is already featuring in the larger Kodiaq SUV; however, this will now be combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel-drive as standard.
Another update to both SUV’s will be the ‘Skoda’ lettering, which is due to take the place of the badge currently seen on the tailgate. This follows on from their new design, now leaving only the Octavia and Fabia with the traditional badge on the boot. The Karoq can be upgraded to have the new temperature-regulating leather upholstery.
Individual tyre pressure monitoring system is available as an option for all cars fitted with 18-inch alloys or larger. The bigger Kodiaq will be offered with a brand-new set of 20-inch alloy wheels for the Sportline trim, Laurin & Klement, and the Kodiaq RS – a.k.a. the fastest seven-seat SUV at the Nürburgring.
Tech fans will be happy to hear the 2020 Karoq and Kodiaq now boast a more advanced version of the KESSY system by incorporating a motion sensor. How does it work? The transmitter signal built into the key is turned off automatically after 15 minutes of no movement and is reactivated the moment you move the key. This way, the risk of getting your vehicle stolen is greatly reduced.
Overall, good things are expected of the upcoming SUV’s with updated technology to optimise efficiency and performance, while the enhanced driving aids aim to improve the safety aspect along with the driving experience of both vehicles.