2017 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline Is All About Standing Out From The Crowd

Hi there! Yeah, you there. Check out my Skoda Kodiaq Sportline!” Can you imagine such a person even existing?
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I can’t, but Skoda, in its infinite wisdom, is pretty sure the Kodiaq Sportline will appeal to a special kind of person. Programmed to debut in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Kodiaq Sportline is not sportier than the regular model. It is, in fact, just an appearance package for a mid-size SUV.

As you can too see, black is the name of the game on this occasion. The mid-size SUV’s radiator grille, roof rails, mirrors, and the side window trim are all finished in black. The rear apron, meanwhile, features silver-painted trim meant to contrast well with the two-tone alloys. Speaking of which, the standard 19- and optional 20-inch wheels are unique to the Sportline.

Another visual pointer that this is a Sportline is represented by two front fender badges. As for the interior, the Sport trim and silver stitching are pretty much all there is to the not-sporty-at-all Kodiaq Sportline. On the mechanical front, you’ll be hard pressed to set this variant of the Kodiaq apart from the Kodiaq Scout. Like its off-road counterpart, the Sportline comes with Haldex coupling all-wheel-drive from the get-go and features four engines.

Starting with a 1.4 TSI (150 PS), the list continues with a 2.0 TSI (180 PS) and the 2.0 TDI in two flavors: 150 and 190 PS. “Bummer. I really wanted a go-faster Kodiaq.” Fret not, because Skoda will treat you to one in due time. When matched with the Volkswagen Group's 2.0 BiTDI, the Kodiaq should be good for 240 PS (237 horsepower) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, figures that should enable a sub-7-second sprint to 100 km/h (62 miles per hour).

In the Tiguan, the 2.0 BiTDI needs only 6.5 seconds to thrust the crossover to the said speed. Most likely, the performance-oriented Kodiaq will take up the RS name in Europe, with vRS being reserved for the United Kingdom.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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