Skoda Teases New Superb and Kodiaq Models with Arctic and Desert Testing


Skoda is gearing up for the official launch of its new Superb and Kodiaq models. Ahead of this anticipated fall event, the Czech automaker has unveiled fresh images from their rigorous testing sessions.

Over the past two years, these prototypes have been driven for over a million kilometers in diverse conditions. The latest testing rounds took them from the icy terrains north of the Arctic Circle to the sweltering deserts of Arizona, USA. This implies that the cars have been tested under extreme temperatures, ranging between -30°C and 50°C.

Such demanding environments allowed Skoda’s engineers to analyze the performance of various components. Notably, this includes the plug-in hybrid propulsion system, expected to provide over 100 kilometers of pure electric range.

While Skoda remains tight-lipped about the exterior designs of the new Superb and Kodiaq generations, glimpses of the interiors have already been shared, showcasing features they have in common. Notable elements include a 10-inch digital dashboard and a 13-inch central multimedia system display.

On the engine front, Skoda has so far revealed several options: a 1.5-liter gasoline unit with mild-hybrid technology delivering 150 HP, a 2.0-liter gasoline engine in 204 HP and 265 HP versions, a 2.0-liter diesel variant producing 150 or 193 HP, and a plug-in hybrid system with 204 HP. Regardless of choice, engines will be paired with either a 7-speed or 6-speed automatic transmission, with the latter being exclusive to the PHEV version.

As hinted earlier, Skoda’s latest generation of the Superb and Kodiaq models will be officially unveiled soon.


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