Skoda is actively considering adding a plug-in hybrid variant to its next-generation Kodiaq lineup – but only if legislation and incentives allow it.
Speaking at the brand’s annual press conference, outgoing Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer said the PHEV was “a very expensive way to reduce CO2 and fuel costs” but that he had already mentioned the model when listing the car, despite previously knocking out any possibility of Kodiaq PHEV. Where there is Skoda plug-in technology. When asked to clarify, Schaefer admits, “We keep seeing it. The EU approach doesn’t really help, because the plug-in hybrid won’t be supported in the future. It makes it very difficult to get incentives for this car. But it costs a lot to get it in the car. ”
With the normal model lifecycle, the next generation Kodiak will end before the end of 2024. It will probably be based on existing MQB platforms, but it will have access to the new, final-generation combustion engines that will be launched in 2023, the Audi A4. It includes a four-cylinder petrol motor that is sure to adapt to the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Schäfer says the deadline is, theoretically, still to give Skoda a Kodiaq PHEV – along with the next-generation Superb PHEV and the current Octavia plug-in – if legislation and incentives make it effective. “Technology is available in groups, and platforms are available,” he said. “We facelifted the Kodiak last year so we will still have time to decide if we will go for it in the next car.”