Skoda Auto will start production of a new generation of its largest SUV, the Kodiaq, in autumn 2023.

Pilot vehicles are currently being built with series production and market launch scheduled for 2024.

The new model will be built at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic alongside the Karoq, Superb and Superb iV.

The new model, which will offer up to seven seats, will be available with petrol and diesel engines plus plug-in and mild hybrid variants.

The Czech automaker claimed the new model takes safety, technology and versatility to “a new level” but gave no further details.

Early in 2024 production of the next Superb will begin in Bratislava, Slovakia, “freeing up capacity for some 150,000 additional units of the popular Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs annually”, Skoda said.

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EUR12m is being spent on the updated Kodiaq production line to “take account of future requirements” including adding the plug-in hybrid variants.

Manipulators, chassis assembly equipment, conveyors and robots which apply glue to glass will all be modified for the new model.

The completed line will have capacity for 410 Kodiaqs per day.