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.