New Zealand LCV - - CONTENTS -

It’s a busy month. Though in the SUV, ute and LCV world, it’s al­ways busy.

THE BIG BEAR HAS AR­RIVED, AND IT’S head­ing for New Zealand in March! Skoda’s Ko­diaq RS was un­veiled at the Paris Mo­tor Show in early Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing it set­ting the Nur­bur­gring seven-seat SUV lap record. Upping the Ko­diaq’s game over even the Sport­line (page 16), the Ko­diaq boosts power via its 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel four­cylin­der from 132kw to 176kw and 500Nm through a seven-speed DSG and AWD. Ex­pect 0-100km/h in 6.7-sec­onds, which matches the VW Tiguan Allspace, that also uses the same bi-turbo diesel en­gine. We get one up on Aus­tralia, who won’t get the RS model, as it’s deemed a hot cli­mate which can’t cope with the power. And in more Skoda news, NZ will also see the Karoq five-seat SUV ‘Sport­line’ ver­sion around the same time, with sim­i­lar up­grades as the Ko­diaq Sport­line.

Skoda’s Karoq Sport­line is also due to ar­rive in NZ around the same time as Ko­diaq RS, in March 2019.

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