Skoda Ko­diaq VRS

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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.”

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