2017 Skoda Kodiaq vRS price, specs and release date

Skoda’s vRS line of fast-yet-practical cars will soon be bolstered by a high-powered Kodiaq SUV. A twin-turbocharged diesel engine borrowed from the VW Passat could make this upcoming model a serious rival to the likes of the sportiest VW Tiguan. Read on for full details.

The Kodiaq vRS will differ visually from the standard model, shown throughout…

New Skoda Kodiaq vRS styling

To make sure this sporty new SUV doesn’t look like a typical school run express, it’s expected to come with a raft of cosmetic upgrades. A new bodykit, combined with lowered suspension and a set of large alloy wheels should give it a more ground-hugging stance while black-painted trim pieces could replace the standard car’s chrome highlights.

We expect the Kodiaq’s cabin (right) to benefit from some racy touches as fitted to the Octavia vRS (left)

New Skoda Kodiaq vRS interior

The standard model’s cabin already looks pretty stylish, but we expect the upcoming vRS model to come with a selection of racy touches – similar to those fitted to existing sporty Skodas. Supportive bucket seats with red contrast stitching and new aluminium pedals trims could all feature when this car is officially revealed in 2017.

New Skoda Kodiaq vRS engine and driving

In place of the standard car’s selection of rather sedate engines, the vRS version is expected to be powered by a twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel unit. This 237hp engine from the VW Passat will power all four wheels through a DSG automatic gearbox and should help this high-riding Czech SUV sprint from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds with loads of ‘push you in the back’ grunt thanks to the twin turbos.

New Skoda Kodiaq vRS price and release date

The Kodiaq vRS is expected to cost in the region of £40,000 when it goes on sale in late 2017. Skoda is expected to offer it alongside a more affordable Sportline model that’ll mimic the vRS’ styling with a selection of less powerful engines.

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