More 2018 Skoda Kodiaq vRS details emerge ahead of Paris debut

The launch campaign for the new Skoda Kodiaq vRS is well and truly underway, and the Czech brand has now teased its upcoming hot SUV ahead of its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and has revealed more new information.

The new car has set the Nurburgring lap record for a seven-seater SUV – completing the challenging 12.9-mile circuit in 9mins 29.8secs. Driven by professional racing driver Sabine Schmitz, it’s the fastest car of its type to ever lap the ‘Green Hell’.

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LED headlights will be standard fit on the new flagship Kodiaq, while a fully digitalised Virtual Cockpit instrument panel will also be included.

Our spy photographers have caught the car completely undisguised, undergoing the final stages of its testing programme. The images show the Kodiaq vRS will get more dramatic styling, together with revised front and rear bumpers, and more design details around the front grille.

We’re yet to see the cabin, although it’s expected to feature the usual vRS sports seats and logos. All told, these changes could push the Skoda brand north of the £40,000 price barrier in the UK.

Speaking after the recent lap record, Skoda’s head of compact models Frantisek Drabek said: “The Kodiaq vRS equally embodies the versatility and spaciousness of a family SUV as well as emotion and dynamism.”

The only engine to be offered the Kodiaq vRS will be a 237bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel with 500Nm of torque. It also boasts the firm’s Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system and all-wheel drive. In addition, the range-topping Kodiaq is expected to offer a DSG automatic gearbox as standard.

Our exclusive image (below) previews how the hot Kodiaq vRS could look when it eventually launches later this year. It’ll build on the existing Sportline trim, with more aggressive details and bigger wheels.

What else for vRS? 

Skoda’s head of research and development, Christian Strube, told us in 2017: “I see more scope for vRS. It is extremely successful and I personally would like to extend that portfolio to other models in our range. 

“The Octavia vRS is a good brand messenger for Skoda,” he explained. “So now we’re discussing about how to make a vRS version of the Superb, and I would also like to have a vRS on the Kodiaq. From the technical development team, we are fighting for this.”

A flagship Superb vRS would have to go over and above the existing Superb range-topper, which is powered by a 276bhp 2.0-litre turbo with four-wheel drive. It’s possible the 306bhp powertrain from the Volkswagen Golf R will be drafted in instead, possibly with a small power boost to help differentiate the two models.

However, the Czech brand is also focused on pushing plug-in hybrids to market as soon as possible. The first petrol-electric model to market will be the Superb in late 2018, with the Kodiaq and other models to follow.

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source: AutoExpress Best Car Reviews (autoexpress.co.uk)

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