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From the Rumor Mill: Skoda Karoq RS Coming In 2019

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Skoda isn’t content with the Octavia RS and Kodiaq RS. According to Auto Bild, the Karoq RS is coming in 2019 with 300 ponies or thereabouts from the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that SEAT uses in the Cupra Ateca.
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The EA888 in also found in the Volkswagen Golf R, delivering 400 Nm (295 pound-feet) of torque on full song. Both the Karoq and Golf are compact in size, as is the Ateca, which goes to show that Skoda could do the RS if the higher-ups give their blessing.

So far, nothing official came out of Wolfsburg in Germany or Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic. Given these circumstances, what Auto Bild is claiming is nothing more than wishful thinking at this point.

The Yeti, for example, never had a hot model. The most Skoda could do was the 2.0 TDI, packing 170 PS (168 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 pound-feet) of torque. The Karoq, on the other hand, boasts up to 190 PS (187 horsepower) from the four-cylinder turbo diesel, DSG with seven speeds, and Haldex all-wheel drive.

From a commercial standpoint, Skoda could add the Karoq RS as the go-faster alternative to the Karoq Sportline. It’s one of the Czech automaker’s best-selling models in Europe, and considering that the Kodiaq RS is a diesel-only affair, the 2.0 TSI would translate to a tempting proposition. The Karoq also happens to be lighter than the Kodiaq, promising better handling in the case Skoda will whip out the RS.

Auto Bild suggests a starting price “under €40,000” for the Karoq RS, which should come with adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive from the get-go. Larger wheels, low-profile tires, carbon inserts, sportier seats and steering wheel, along with the most visual pizzazz possible are other things to look forward to.

Remember the Vision X concept? 2019 is the year Skoda is supposed to launch the production model, coming in the guise of a subcompact crossover based on the SEAT Arona and Volkswagen T-Cross. Based on the latest information on the subject, production should start as early as July 2019.

 
 
 
 
 

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