Shortly after Skoda official confirmation that the next-generation Kodiaq will debut in the second half of 2023, our spy photographers caught the first SUV mule testing in Europe. While most of the body is derived from the current Kodiaq, the mule features a redesigned front end while hiding the revised underpinnings.

It was originally the first generation Kodiaq introduced in 2016, ushering in a new era for Skoda. Despite the fact that the flagship SUV received face lift in 2021the automaker decided to introduce a new, second generation at the end of 2023. Most likely, it will take the Kodiaq until the end of the combustion engine or until Skoda naturally becomes an EV-only brand.

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The Mule looks like a facelift of the current Kodiaq as it shares the same bodywork and sports camouflage on the front and rear. However, this may change in the near future when production prototypes start to roam the streets. However, we don’t expect the design to change much, at least in terms of the SUV’s overall footprint and proportions, as interior styling and technology will be noticeably upgraded.

The front of the mule is under wraps, but we can see a larger grille, revised headlights and a new bumper with slimmer side air intakes. A similar treatment was observed on prototypes of rapid facelifts Rock, Comedianand Octavia, as well as on the Superb. This suggests that Skoda models with ICE engines will get a developed family look that will not be as radical as the automaker’s electric cars. The latter will be more similar to the recently introduced Skoda Vision 7S conceptwhich presented the future design language of the Czech brand.

Skoda hasn’t said much about the technical aspects of the second-gen Kodiaq, but we suspect it will run on an upgraded version of the current models’ MQB architecture. After all, the same platform will be used by the next generation Excellent which will debut next year along with VW Passat.

In terms of powertrains, we expect to see a renewed focus on electrification to improve efficiency. The range will include a newly updated mild hybrid 1.5 TSI Evo2 with a capacity of 148 hp. (110 kW / 150 hp), but it will also be available with additional power in the future. VW Group has confirmed that the hybrid system with the 1.5 TSI Evo2 and electric motors will produce a combined power of up to 268 hp. (200 kW / 272 hp). We also shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a 2.0 TDI mild hybrid diesel engine, as well as a smaller 1.0 TSI mild hybrid petrol engine, which will be updated to meet more stringent requirements. emission regulations.

We’ll learn more about the next-generation Skoda Kodiaq over the next twelve months as we get closer to its official debut. In the gallery below, you can see the mule testing alongside the updated Kamiq and the next-generation Superb.

Image credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

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