Skoda’s head of research and development has confirmed the Czech firm is testing a high-performance Kodiaq prototype that could come fitted with a twin-turbo diesel engine borrowed from the Volkswagen Passat.
If this 237hp SUV reaches production, it’ll most likely come with a vRS badge and a price tag in excess of £40,000. For more details on the standard car, read our in-depth Skoda Kodiaq price, specs and release date article.
New Skoda Kodiaq vRS styling
Skoda will have to graft numerous cosmetic upgrades to the Kodiaq to help it stand out from the current crop of more sedate SUVs. A black painted grille, a subtly revised bodykit and a set of larger alloy wheels will certainly feature on the new car alongside obligatory vRS badges.
New Skoda Kodiaq vRS interior
The driver and front seat passenger are expected to be treated to a pair of sporty bucket seats and numerous racy details such as contrasting red stitching and a clutch of vRS badges. Aluminium pedal trims and a flat-bottomed steering wheel could feature but we don’t expect the standard Kodiaq’s interior to be altered too drastically.
New Skoda Kodiaq vRS engine and driving
Skoda is expected to shoehorn the twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine from the VW Passat into the Kodiaq for its upcoming vRS model. This 237hp unit will be paired with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system from the current range-topping 187hp model.
New Skoda Kodiaq vRS price and release date
A vRS version is expected to cost approximately £40,000 when it goes on sale in late 2017. It’s likely Skoda will add a number of higher-spec Sportline and off-road focused Scout models to the Kodiaq range in 2017, too.
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