Skoda Kodiaq vRS is making its global debut at Paris Motor Show in October; powered by 237 bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
Skoda has revealed official design sketches of the Kodiaq vRS following a run of teaser images. It gives us first clear glimpse of the actual model – with vRS badge and bigger 20-inch Xtreme wheels – that is due for world premiere at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October. While the wheels are the highlighting feature in the latest sketches, they are pushed to the edges for a more appealing stance.
The bumper section and ground clearance will also see changes over the regular Kodiaq to avail a striking pose for the vRS performance model. The Skoda Kodiaq vRS set the Nurburgring on fire with production seven-seater lap record for a SUV in 9 minutes and 29.8 seconds.
Driven on the 12-9-mile Green Hell by Sabine Schmitz, fondly known as Queen of the ‘Ring for being a fast racer around the circuit, the seven-seater has proved its quickness while being a versatile family car with large bootspace. It is the sportiest SUV from Skoda in its history of over 122 years.
It boasts standard LED headlamps and a fully digital Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster. The all-important powertrain is a 2.0-litre twin turbocharged unit, which is good enough to produce a maximum power output of 237 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. Power is sent to all the four wheels through a standard DSG automatic transmission.
It also comes equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) enabling sportier handling. The exterior can be said as a dramatic departure compared to the regular model and the interior will certainly feature sports seats and vRS logos. Following its debut, Skoda will launch petrol-electric version of Superb next year before introducing the plug-in hybrid variants of the existing models including Kodiaq in international markets.
Skoda sells the Kodiaq in a single Style TDI 4X4 AT variant in India at Rs. 34.84 lakh (ex-showroom). Whether the vRS will make its way to our market as RS or not is yet unknown. However, knowing that the Octavia RS is already sold with 227 bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine at Rs. 26.78 lakh (ex-showroom), never say never for the Kodiaq’s performance variant.