Skoda introduced the Kodiaq in September 2016 as a larger counterpart to the Volkswagen Tiguan before giving the spacious SUV a facelift in April 2021. Fast forward to June 2023, and we are getting our first proper look at its successor ahead of this fall when the official reveal is scheduled to take place. The second-generation model will take the evolutionary approach as there won't be any radical changes in terms of design or specifications.

Although the car is technically camouflaged, the disguise is thin enough to basically reveal most of the exterior design. Featuring a recognisable look, the 2024 Kodiaq won’t be embracing the Modern Solid design language that Skoda has teased for its next-generation EVs. The double headlight design reserved for SUVs is still there, flanking a wide corporate grille we're all familiar with by now. Assuming they're real, the prominent vertical air curtains in the front bumper channel the airflow for better aero.

Skoda Kodiaq (2024) Covered Drive

The radar sensor is refreshingly small, although we're still waiting for the day when automakers will find a seamless integration. From the profile, the pillars for the mirrors have been moved slightly lower on the doors, presumably for improved aerodynamic efficiency. At 4,758 millimetres (187.3 inches), the second-gen Kodiaq is 61 mm (2.4 in) longer than its predecessor, but the wheelbase has remained intact, at 2,791 mm (110 in).

Moving at the back, it would appear Skoda has designed flatter taillights that are likely wider than what we're allowed to see on this camouflaged pre-production car. The lights presumably extend onto the tailgate, which provides access to a cavernous cargo area. In the seven-seat version, the Kodiaq can swallow anywhere between 340 to 845 litres depending on whether the seats are folded or not.

Go for the five-seat model and the maximum volume jumps to a whopping 910 litres, up by 75 litres compared to the first-gen model. Interestingly, the rearmost passengers in the three-row model now have an extra 15 mm of headroom than before.

In terms of engines, the 2024 Kodiaq will be offered with a mild-hybrid 1.5-litre TSI making 148 bhp (110 kW) channeled to the front wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. Up next is a 2.0 TSI with 201 bhp (150 kW) with AWD and a DSG. On the diesel side, the 2.0 TDI delivers 148 bhp (110 kW) in the FWD model and 190 bhp (142 kW) in the AWD version, with both featuring the same dual-clutch auto. 

2024 Skoda Kodiaq
2024 Skoda Kodiaq

For the first time in a Skoda SUV, the Kodiaq can be had as a plug-in hybrid with a 1.5 TSI and an electric motor for a combined output of 201 bhp (150 kW). Thanks to a 25.7-kWh battery pack, the PHEV version will offer a pure electric range exceeding 62 miles (100 kilometres). Once you're out of juice, the battery can be replenished through DC charging at up to 50 kW while AC tops out at 11 kW.

In terms of technology, the Czech Tiguan benefits from an evolution of the full LED matrix headlights, a 12.9-inch touchscreen, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and a head-up display. There's even a remote parking function available via a smartphone app, along with improved Emergency Assist and Traffic Jam Assist systems. The adaptive cruise control (with stop & go) will work at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h).

Skoda will take the wraps off the new Kodiaq this fall when it also intends to introduce the next-gen Superb in both liftback and estate body styles.