Skoda has revealed and detailed the lightly revised 2020 model-year Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, as production commences for the upgraded models.
The main distinguishing design feature externally is the 'Skoda' lettering across the tailgate, a cue that already features on the facelifted Superb, the Scala and Kamiq. Skoda says this will be applied to all its models moving forward.
As first reported in March, the revised Karoq and Kodiaq offer some new features and technologies, including an updated 'Side Assist' blind-spot monitoring system which can sense approaching vehicles up to 70m behind the vehicle, up from the previous 20m.
The warning lights aren't just small lights in the mirror glass anymore, they're integrated into the side of the mirror caps, making them more noticeable for the driver. Skoda says the new Side Assist system works at speeds above 15km/h when accelerating and down to as low as 10km/h when braking.
Rear cross-traffic alert continues to be available as part of the Side Assist technology.
Another upgrade for the 2020 model year is the introduction of Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) for front-wheel drive versions of both the Karoq and Kodiaq, previously exclusive to all-wheel drive grades.
For those not in the know, DCC is essentially adaptive dampers, which are adjusted via the selectable drive modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport.
The available 'KESSY' keyless entry and start system has been updated with a motion sensor in the key fob, which the company says reduces the risk of the vehicle being stolen or broken into.
After 15 minutes of no movement, the key's transmitter signal switches off – for example, when placed on a table. Once the key is moved again, the transmitter is reactivated.
The MY20 Skoda Karoq is now available with the 140kW 2.0 TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel, which is compliant with the latest Euro 6d-Temp emissions regulations, featuring an SCR catalytic converter including AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter. All-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG automatic are standard-fit for the flagship oiler.
Finally, the revised Kodiaq gets the option of a new 20-inch 'Ignite' alloy wheel design, which are 20mm wider than before at 255mm.
These rims are available as an option for the Kodiaq Sportline, RS and L&K variants in Europe, while a new tyre pressure monitoring system available for vehicles with wheels measuring 18 inches and above. The off-road styled Kodiaq Scout also offers temperature-regulating leather trim as an option.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Skoda Australia was unable to confirm at this stage what changes are in store for the Karoq and Kodiaq ranges for the next model year.
The brand's local division is expected to make some announcements in August, in line with further details regarding the upcoming Kodiaq RS performance variant.
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