The new Škoda Kodiaq through the eyes of Oliver Stefani

Škoda’s chief designer Oliver Stefani says that designing a spacious SUV is a challenge.

How did his team overcome the obstacles? And what is he most proud of?

Even more spacious and practical than its predecessor, the new Kodiaq also has a brand new design with Modern Solid elements. The design team didn’t only focus on making the Kodiaq elegant; they wanted its appearance to immediately convey the space it offers inside. “Getting so much space inside an elegant form is always a challenge,” Oliver Stefani confirms. “But at Škoda we love a challenge,” he adds.

The front of the car is dominated by the striking new radiator grille that stretches all the way to the headlights. Not only does it adjoin the upper lamps from Škoda SUVs’ traditional four-eyed graphics, it also incorporates a light element that connects the daylight running light lines located in the upper lamps. This creates a unique light signature for the new Kodiaq. The taillights are also jewels, helping to visually widen the car and accentuate its spaciousness. But Stefani stresses that the car’s lines also help improve its aerodynamics.

An array of attractive new features can also be found in the interior. “We focused on practicality and functionality. You won’t find the gear selector on the centre console, for example: to create space we’ve moved it under the steering wheel,” says Stefani. The rotary Smart Dials are another practical detail. The interior uses elegant, pleasant and sustainable materials and applies what’s known as two-island architecture: one for the driver and one for the front-seat passenger.

In addition to these visible benefits, the new Kodiaq also brings a wide range of powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of up to 100 kilometres and a host of cutting-edge driving assistants to make your journeys safer and more comfortable.

Gallery Images of the All-new Kodiaq