Skoda Australia outlines its “most significant model year” ever

Skoda Australia has detailed its 2020 plans which sees several new products launch before year’s end.

Kicking off the model rollout is the Kodiaq RS seven-seat performance SUV, which will hit showrooms in March priced from $65,990.

The hot high-rider will come complete with a 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel engine, sending drive to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

In the lead up to a mid-life update scheduled for later in the year, Skoda will launch a limited-edition Superb wagon variant.

The Skoda Superb Scout features an off-road driving mode, underbody protection as well 15mm greater ground clearance compared to the standard Superb wagon. The Skoda Superb Scout features an off-road driving mode, underbody protection as well 15mm greater ground clearance compared to the standard Superb wagon.

The Superb Scout will top the range at $59,490 plus on-road costs, featuring a number of off-road-focused upgrades to distinguish it from the 4×4 Sportline upon which it is based.

Scheduled for release in the second quarter of this year, the Superb Scout will be the first Skoda vehicle in Australia to feature a petrol particulate filter to reduce exhaust emissions.

In May, Skoda is updating its Karoq midsize SUV, adding a new flagship variant with a punchier engine, all-wheel-drive grip and sportier looks.

The range-topping Karoq 140TSI Sportline is powered by a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Meanwhile, the base Karoq 110TSI variant will use a new 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces the same 110kW/250Nm as the outgoing 1.5-litre unit.

The new range-topping Karoq is distinguished by 19-inch Vega alloy wheels and a black-accented body kit. The new range-topping Karoq is distinguished by 19-inch Vega alloy wheels and a black-accented body kit.

Pricing for the updated Karoq range has yet to be confirmed.

Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer has called 2020 “the most significant new model year in Skoda’s local history”, and believes that the expansion of its SUV range will bring more customers to the brand.

“For 2020, Skoda finally has in place a full range of SUVs, starting with the compact Kamiq, through a dual Karoq range and a Kodiaq with a range topping RS performance variant,” said Mr Irmer.

“Fabia, Octavia and Superb remain range pillars, but a full SUV range will bring our distinctive brand to the attention of more buyers than at any time since we arrived in 2007.”

In late June, Skoda will launch its Kamiq – the first compact crossover offering from Skoda, as well as the Toyota Corolla-rivalling Scala hatchback.

The Skoda Kamiq compact SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI engine producing 110kW/250Nm. The Skoda Kamiq compact SUV is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre TSI engine producing 110kW/250Nm.

Local pricing and specifications for the Kamiq and Scala have yet to be confirmed, however, CarsGuide understands that both vehicles will use a 1.5-litre TSI engine producing 110kW/250Nm.

The Scala is expected to be priced around the $25,000 mark, positioning it near the Mazda3 ($25,990 for base auto) and the Toyotal Corolla ($24,370).

The Skoda Scala will launch with a special Monte Carlo grade which gains a redesigned front apron, unique badging and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. The Skoda Scala will launch with a special Monte Carlo grade which gains a redesigned front apron, unique badging and unique 17-inch alloy wheels.

To mark the launch of the new hatchback, the Skoda Scala will be offered in a special Monte Carlo trim which adds a number of unique features to give it a sportier presence inside and out.

The new-generation Skoda Octavia is also confirmed for Australia, with the local launch earmarked for early 2021.

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February 3, 2020 2:32 pm Published by