New generations of the Skoda Superb supercar and the seven-seat Kodiaq SUV are planned this year – along with the updated Kamiq and Scala compacts – before arriving in Australia next year.
the Skoda Kodiaq next-generation seven-seater SUV and Superb large car are to be presented before the end of this year, the Skoda headquarters in Europe has confirmed in a bulletin with detailed information on the global sales results for 2022.
The new models – the largest in the Skoda range – are set to be joined by updated versions of the small SUV Kamiq and small car Scala, which will be four and five years old in 2023 respectively.
The date of arrival in Australia has yet to be determined, but local launches in 2024 appear most likely for all four cars.
The new Superb and Kodiaq are all but confirmed to retain petrol and diesel power – and are intended to be evolutions of their predecessors rather than fundamentally new models.
The next batch of Skoda cars are likely to be the last generations before the switch to electric drive. By the time the successor is due – just before 2030 – Skoda will likely focus on electric vehicles until then.
The new Superb is expected to retain a choice of hatchback and estate body styles – and is expected to work alongside the next Volkswagen Passat, which is expected to be available only globally as an estate.
Production of both cars is set to move to the Skoda factory in Slovakia to make room for more SUVs to be built at the home factory in the Czech Republic.
Spy photos reveal that the styling of the new Superb will be an evolution of its predecessor, but with more modern touches borrowed from newer Skoda models.
Inside, the new Passat and Superb are expected to share a large, roughly 15-inch touchscreen – possibly the unit in Volkswagen’s new ID.7 electric car, with illuminated sliders and new software to address criticisms of the system in today’s VW Among other things, the small car Golf and the electric SUV Enyaq from Skoda react.
The engines are expected to include a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options, borrowed from Volkswagen Group’s latest models – but a high-performance RS version makes an appearance given Skoda’s move to Electric vehicles unlikely.
Meanwhile, very little is known about the next seven-seater Skoda Kodiaq – and prototypes have yet to be spied for road-testing with production bodies on European roads.
If the current Superb and Kodiaq are any indication, however, the next iteration of the seven-seat SUV will likely inherit technology, interior styling and engines from the Superb – likely including plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time to cut emissions.
Also due for 2023 are the facelifted siblings Kamiq and Scala, which are expected to usher in revised exterior designs and upgraded cabin tech to keep them fresh among newer competitors.
Skoda has previously confirmed that the larger Octavia is due to receive a facelift in 2024, with similar visual improvements – and likely changes to its infotainment system, if the related Volkswagen Golf is any clue.
By 2026, Skoda plans to launch three new electric vehicles – which could reportedly include a city car to succeed the current Fabia, a small SUV speculated to be called the Elroq, and a seven-seat flagship SUV based on the Vision 7S concept.
In Australia, Skoda’s next big model launch is said to be the Enyaq iV electric SUV – in regular “estate” and coupe forms – which will open to orders in the second half of this year before first deliveries are due in early 2024.
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