Skoda Kodiaq VRS
● Our image previews hot diesel flagship after spies catch it testing at Nürburgring
Exclusive details on hot new 237bhp seven-seater
SKODA’S team of engineers has been busy at the Nürburgring race track in Germany, with this hazy spy shot (right) finally confirming that a hot Kodiaq VRS is on the way.
Insiders working on the project have told Auto Express the car will be powered exclusively by a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine developing 237bhp. A seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive will be standard.
The newcomer will arrive towards the end of this year, with a possible public debut at September’s Paris Motor Show. It’ll hold an exclusive spot in the market when it arrives as the only performance-based, seven-seat SUV.
Despite the heavy disguise of the prototype at the Nürburgring, you can make out the vrs’s more aggressive look. Our exclusive image (above) gives you a better idea of the design of the finished model; arch-filling alloy wheels, distinctive paintwork and deep front and rear bumpers will mark it out as the range-topping variant.
Further chassis tweaks are expected beneath the skin; stiffer suspension and adaptive dampers will help to improve handling, while larger brakes and a new exhaust system are also likely to be fitted.
But the Kodiaq is unlikely to be the final addition to Skoda’s VRS line-up.
The firm’s head of research and development, Christian Strube, told Auto Express last year: “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. So now we’re discussing a VRS version of the Superb. From the technical development team, we are fighting for this.”