Skoda Kodiaq RS Official Sketches Revealed

Skoda Kodiaq RS Official Sketches Revealed 2 photos
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Skoda Kodiaq RS Official Sketches Revealed
The Skoda Kodiaq RS is probably going to change our perception of what a performance SUV is, and not for the better. But with two more weeks before the Paris Motor Show, we can at least enjoy the classy teasers presented by the Czech automaker.
After showing us some fancy wheels, the Kodiaq RS's official sketches are being presented today. They're the sort of stuff you put at the end of the photo gallery to show the design process. Even though some Skoda artist has some mean skills, it's not like this was a complex process.

Bigger brakes, sports suspension, tweaked AWD and a sports exhaust are all part of the equation. But will a diesel sound good enough? It will work on the inside, thanks to the standard RS soundaktor.

The Kodiaq RS is, in most regards, just like the standard model. Sure, the bumpers are different, but not radically so. And even though that front intake is significant, it doesn't change the fact that air only passes through half of it or that it feeds a 2-liter diesel engine.

Yes, the sensible Czechs have gone for a TDI setup, and from what we hear, there aren't plans for a gasoline-powered model, like on the Octavia RS. It's funny how they said the Fabia RS doesn't have the values of a true RS. In any case, 2.0-liter twin-turbo setup under the hood of this SUV should make 240 and 500 Nm, sent out through a 7-speed DSG.

It pulls strongly from under the hood of other VW Group cars, but it's not exactly groundbreaking tech. Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover and BMW all have twin-turbo 2-liter engine of similar output.

I guess what makes this appealing is the fact that it's a Skoda. The brand has a sort of intangible appeal, like Volvo.
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