Czech SUV pair getting running changes for Geneva motor show, including minor design changes and availability of new equipment.

Skoda has announced some minor changes for its Karoq and Kodiaq crossovers ahead of the Geneva motor show, set to go into production later this year.

In terms of design, both models will swap out the current Skoda arrow logo on the tailgate for 'Skoda' script, in line with the new Kamiq baby SUV also making its public debut at the Swiss event.

Other changes include the availability of an upgraded Side Assist system (Volkswagen-speak for blind-spot monitoring), which now has a range of 70 metres – good for when a vehicle is approaching you at high speed on the Autobahn, we reckon.

The company's latest iteration of 'Dynamic Chassis Control', or adaptive dampers, will soon be available for front-wheel drive versions of both the Karoq and Kodiaq.

Under the skin, the Karoq is now available with a 140kW 2.0 TDI turbo-diesel engine paired with a seven-speed DSG automatic, while the Kodiaq is now available with a new tyre pressure monitoring system that has sensors in each wheel.

Finally, the Kodiaq Scout trim offered overseas is optionally available with ventilated seats, bolstering the existing heated option, along with a new set of 'Ignite' 20-inch alloys available for the Sportline and RS versions of the company's flagship crossover.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Skoda's local head of communications, Paul Pottinger, wasn't able to announce anything for the Australian range regarding the changes announced for Geneva.

However, Pottinger did indicate the local arm is "expecting" the new 140kW diesel to be made available for the Karoq – Skoda Australia has previously voiced it wants such a variant with all-wheel drive – though couldn't confirm exactly when we'll see the oiler in Australian showrooms.

Stay tuned for all the latest.