Volkswagen Group-owned Skoda is expanding its range of plug-in hybrid offerings with the introduction of a new Kodiaq iV model, which will start from a price of GBP41,935 in the UK.

Skoda says the PEHV technology, which has been part of the Skoda range since the introduction of the Octavia iV in 2021 (37 miles of all-electric range back then), is being offered on the Kodiaq for the first time and comes with a significant all-electric driving range along with even greater efficiency.

Skoda’s second-generation plug-in hybrid system comprises a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.5 TSI 150PS engine and a three-phase permanent magnet synchronous electric motor that generates 116PS and 330Nm of torque. To ensure that the whole drivetrain assembly is as compact as possible, the motor is built directly into the DQ400e DSG gearbox, and is separated from the engine by a clutch.

As with the first-generation PHEV drivetrain, the motor can move the car alone or in combination with the engine. The motor is also used to start the engine and replaces the traditional alternator.

The second-generation PHEV system makes local emission-free travel possible in electric mode for up to 75 miles (five seat, SE model) it is claimed, but also gives drivers the option of using the petrol engine in hybrid mode working alongside the electric motor for longer distances.

Skoda says another significant feature introduced on the second-generation PHEV drivetrain is faster charging. For the first time, a Skoda plug-in hybrid can accept a DC rapid charge. With a peak speed of up to 50kW, it means that the pack can be charged from 10-80% in around 26 minutes.

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Key to the significant improvement in range (over the first-generation system) is a larger battery pack. The new Kodiaq iV is fitted with a 25.7kWh pack (19.7kWh usable) that is located under the rear seats. Equipped with integrated water cooling, the pack stores energy to drive the electric motor, accumulates energy gained from regenerative braking, and supplies energy for the heating and air conditioning compressor.