Skoda does not dare to significantly change other models after the Octavia facelift
2 hours ago | Petr Prokopec
Obviously, Škoda does not want to enter the same river, which burned three years ago with the modernization of Octavia. So the Superb barely changed the facelift and its larger SUV, Kodiaq, is clearly waiting for it.
Do you still remember the end of 2016? At that time, Skoda presented the Octavia facelift and underwent a major turnaround. The reason for this was the double headlights that all thumbed down. It was one of the most daring modernizations, not only in the history of the Czech automaker, but then the chief designer, Jozef Kabaň, did not address the news that people would praise. Therefore, we should not be surprised if the boredom associated with only minor touch-ups in the midst of the life-cycle was established for a long time in Mladá Boleslav.
The fact that the automaker actually has a much less bold strategy has already been indicated by the Skoda Superb, which is more or less the appearance of a new front bumper and the replacement of the logo on the rear by the Škoda sign. However, you probably will not notice the other trivia even after prolonged exploration, and both versions would need to be side by side to identify them. Obviously, Kodiaq, whose modernized version was currently taken during testing, will obviously be in those steps.
As can be seen in the photos, camouflage covers only the front and back. Then you can bet on the arrival of new buffers and subscriptions. In addition, the front-panel LEDs also arrive, but they fit in the same holes as the front headlights. It is still possible for the front grille to change slightly, but it will be a five or ten difference game again.
We also do not expect significant changes in the interior, where modernization will focus mainly on multimedia systems, decorations and upholstery. With the greatest innovations, the engine compartment will be connected, where not only the two-liter evolutionary turbodiesel will appear, but also the hybrid plug-in system. As with the Skoda Superb, it should be one-four tuned at 156 hp, aided by an 114-horsepower electric motor. Overall, the system gives 218 horsepower, but the one hundred sprint is likely to reach 8 seconds for an SUV.
Nothing else can be added at the moment, and we do not expect an official announcement ahead of the premiere next year. What is certain is that one thing is that Škoda was burned in the Octavia facelift case. No one knows about sales, but no one is interested in negative publicity. That is why it has probably been decided that the bold steps are over and will follow the typical Group policy – this is boring.
The Skoda Superb will be discreet as with Superb, with criticism of the Octavia brand being updated.