As a part of Volkswagen Group's electrification program, the Skoda Kodiaq is also getting a plug-in hybrid engine in three years. Last year, Skoda introduced its first electric model - a plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb.
Bernhard Maier announced about the hybrid variant at the launch of the Kodiaq SUV. He also confirmed that the seven-seater SUV, the hybrid variant will first hit the Chinese market, followed by European.
He said, "We will have a Kodiaq hybrid very shortly after the Superb hybrid. It will be in China first, as that is the biggest market, but Europe (will follow) soon after."
When asked about the three-year development of the hybrid Kodiaq SUV, Maier said, "As we've stated before, we do not have to bring all the technology available in the group immediately to Skoda - we can afford to wait. What's really important is that our current product remains popular in traditional markets. We reckon 2019 is a good time to launch a plug-in."
Skoda hasn't revealed any technical details about the hybrid Kodiaq SUV. According to reports, the SUV is likely to share a version of the VW Passat GTE's powertrain with Superb sedan.
So, the hybrid version will get a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine that produces 154bhp of power, which will work along with an 113bhp electric motor.
In Passat GTE, the power output is sent to the front wheels via a specially developed six-speed DSG transmission and the car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 225 km/h.
By only using electric power, the Passat GTE has a driving range of up to 50 km. And if used with the internal combustion engine, the range increases to 1,060 km.