Skoda will rework its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs for 2020, adding a range of technology, styling and driveline updates. The revised models will go on sale in the UK later this year.
A trend that started last year on the China-only Kodiaq GT, the badge on the back of European models is being replaced by spaced ‘S K O D A’ lettering prominently featured on the tailgate.
We’ve already seen it on the electric Citigo, Scala, Kamiq, and the facelifted Superb, and now two more vehicles from Skoda’s range are dropping the rear corporate badge. We’re talking about the Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs, which are entering the 2020 model year with an assortment of minor changes.
You no longer have to fork out more money for all-wheel drive if you want the optional adaptive chassis as Skoda will be offering DCC even on a front-wheel-drive Karoq or Kodiaq. It gets you electronically adjustable shock absorbers with three selectable modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport – to better suit your driving style.
For their 2020 model years, the two SUVs have lost the Blind Spot Detect system to make way for a more advanced but optional Side Assist system that increases sensitivity range from 20 to 70 meters. This it does thanks to dual radar sensors that can detect vehicles coming from behind or are in the blind spot. Interestingly, the warning light – which is now adjustable for brightness – has been moved from the mirror glass to the inside of the wing mirrors to make them more noticeable.
Tech fans will be happy to hear the 2020 Karoq and Kodiaq models now house a more advanced version of the KESSY system by incorporating a motion sensor. The transmitter signal built into the key turns itself off 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.
In other news, opt for the Karoq and there’s now a cleaner four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine with 187hp hooked up exclusively to a seven-speed DSG ‘box and all-wheel drive.
For the bigger Kodiaq, there are fresh 20-inch wheels for the SportLine trim, Laurin & Klement, and the Kodiaq RS – a.k.a. the fastest seven-seat SUV at the Nürburgring.
Now that the two SUVs have lost the rear Skoda badge, it means only the Octavia and the Fabia still have it. The company’s best-selling model will make the switch to the next generation later this year when it will also drop the rear logo, while the supermini will be doing the same sometime in 2020.