Following the introduction of the Sportline variant last year, Skoda plans to introduce a go-fast ‘RS’ variant of the Skoda Kodiaq this year. The Skoda Kodiaq RS could debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.
The Skoda Kodiaq is sold internationally in 5- and 7-seat configurations. A new report from Auto Express says that a performance-oriented RS variant of both is in the pipeline. They will arrive in the second half of 2018. As per an old report, Skoda intended to launch an RS variant right from the beginning.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS will look more aggressive than the regular models. At the front, it may feature black upper grille frame, RS logo on the upper grille, larger lower air intake and sharper bumper with honeycomb air inlets. On the sides, changes may include 20- or 21-inch alloy wheels in a distinctive design, contrasting mirror housing and red brake callipers. The rear section should differ with a sportier bumper with integrated diffuser, RS logo on the tailgate and dual stainless steel exhaust pipes.
Inside, black is likely to dominate the colour scheme of the Skoda Kodiaq RS. Other main features may include sports seats, RS logo on the door sills and seat covers and aluminium-finish pedals.
The Skoda Kodiaq RS may come with 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, exclusively in AWD. No details are available, but the British publication says that the company may use a reconfigured version of the VW Golf R’s 310 PS 2.0-litre engine for the petrol model. The new range-topping variant will likely have sports chassis that lowers the body. Stiffer suspension setup should make the large SUV’s drive a little more exhilarating.
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In India, the Skoda Kodiaq, retailing at INR 34.84 lakh (ex-showroom), is quite an expensive mid-size SUV even in the standard variant. The Skoda Kodiaq RS with all the bells and whistles may cost around INR 40 lakh, making little sense for our market.
[Source: Auto Express]