Skoda R&D boss fighting to put Kodiaq vRS into production

05/10/2016 - 11:03 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

More Skoda models to wear the vRS badge.

The Skoda Kodiaq had its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last week and will go on sale in Europe in early-2017. Months before even the standard variant is available, Skoda is mulling a high-performance vRS variant, as per a report from Auto Express.

Skoda Kodiaq vRS rendering
A speculative rendering by IAB's automotive illustrator Shoeb Kalania of the Skoda Kodiaq vRS.

According to the report, Skoda is working on vRS high-performance variants of more cars. Speaking to the British publication Skoda R&D chief Christian Strube said that a discussion is already on internally about a Skoda Superb vRS and he would also like to have a Skoda Kodiaq vRS.

Mr. Strube said that the vRS is very successful but the tight CO2 emission norms become a big obstacle in any expansion plans. The company has to reach its average CO2 emissions target of 95 g/km by 2020, and this has to be considered before making decisions for such variants. To make its line-up more efficient, the company will introduce a plug-in hybrid Skoda Kodiaq after the Skoda Superb plug-in hybrid arrives in 2018.

Skoda Kodiaq front three quarter unveiled in Paris
The regular Skoda Kodiaq will be available with five engine options at launch.

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The regular Skoda Kodiaq will be available with five engine options at launch: 92 kW (125 PS) 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 110 kW (150 PS) 1.4-litre TSI petrol, 132 kW (180 PS) 2.0-litre TSI petrol, 110 kW (150 PS) 2.0-litre TDI diesel and 140 kW (190 PS) 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual, 6-speed DSG automatic and 7-speed DSG automatic. An all-wheel drive is available in select models, while the remaining are front-wheel drive.

[Source: Auto Express]

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