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Skoda Auto has officially teased the new Kodiaq RS — their first performance-focussed seven-seater SUV — ahead of its official unveiling at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The new teaser video of the Skoda Kodiaq RS showcases some design and performance highlights of the SUV.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS, being a performance model, will belaunched at the legendary racetrack in Germany — Nürburgring. The teaser doesn't reveal much but from the cool visual effects, we can be sure that the upcoming SUV will be fast; evident from the VRS* logo.
VRS stands for Victory Rally Sport and all performance-based products from Skoda Auto have them. In some markets including India, Skoda gives just an ‘RS' badging.
From the glimpses of the vehicle, it is sure that the new Kodiaq RS will have full-LED headlamps, a customisable full-LED instrument console. It is also expected to feature some unique riding modes in addition to the ones currently offered.
But the main highlight of the new Skoda Kodiaq RS is the Dynamic Sound Boost feature. Though enthusiasts are not a fan of it, the system can provide more engagement by playing the engine noise through the speakers, while driving aggressively. Similar systems are already present in many cars including the performance-models from BMW.
Reports suggest that the new Skoda Kodiaq RS will come with the existing 2.0-litre TDi diesel unit but with two turbochargers. Combined, it will produce around 237bhp and 500Nm of torque. The engine could come mated to a new 8-speed DSG automatic transmission which sends power to all four wheels.
The suspension will be adequately stiff enough to get the right balance between on-road performance and off-road capability. At high speeds, the steering will become more weighted than the regular model. Unlike the regular Kodiaq, the RS version will have a more rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.
Currently, Skoda sells only one performance car in the country — the Octavia RS. The Skoda Octavia RS is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSi petrol engine which makes 230bhp and 350Nm of torque. The power plant is coupled to a 6-speed DSG automatic, driving the front wheels.
Thoughts On The New Skoda Kodiaq RS
The performance-SUV segment is seeing a rapid growth in all spectrums of the global market, with models such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Maserati Levante GTS or the range-topping Lamborghini Urus. The Skoda Kodiaq RS will be placed somewhat at the bottom of the segment and how it will perform on terrain and in terms of sales is something we have to wait and see. We do not expect it to debut in India any time soon.