The Kodiaq is Skoda’s first-ever mid-size SUV. It made its official debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, with first deliveries taking place in early 2017.
Now, the Czech automaker is prepping an updated version of reasonably-sized people hauler, which is expected to feature mild styling changes to both front and rear ends, as well as improved on-board tech. The 2020 Kodiaq will be unveiled either next year or by the end of 2019, if we’re lucky.
Too early to mix things up
While Skoda have been known to not shy away from bringing substantial modifications to front fascia designs in the past when it came to mid-cycle facelifts (see the Octavia), this particular prototype doesn’t appear to feature any new designs, neither front nor rear.
The overall grille shape and headlight graphics appear unchanged, as do the taillights, although to be fair, they are pretty well camouflaged, so we can’t speak with any certainty. There’s also the possibility of Skoda playing possum, using old bits to mask whatever changes may be coming to the Kodiaq – it’s a very common practice in the car industry.
As for its interior and powertrain configurations, improved tech and efficiency is to be expected, with the RS version staying on as the nameplate’s flagship model.
In Europe, the Skoda Kodiaq is a direct rival to the likes of the VW Tiguan Allspace, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Peugeot 5008 and the rest of the non-premium mid-size SUV segment.