Skoda has been building a lot of excitement around the Kodiaq RS over the past few months by dropping multiple teasers about the car. Now though, the car has been revealed in its entirety just a day before its global debut at the Paris Motor Show.
While we have been raving about Skoda's first and only RS-badged SUV, the Kodiaq RS, its detailed images have finally surfaced online. Before its online release, the Kodiaq RS had already gained a lot of traction in the media by becoming the fastest seven-seater SUV to set a blistering time of 9:29:84 minutes on the 12.94 mile Nurburgring circuit. This certainly clears up the fact that it is the most-powerful SUV to be produced by Skoda, powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo diesel mill capable of producing 236bhp and 500Nm of peak torque. The power will be sent to all four wheels via a 7-speed DSG gearbox working in tandem with a permanent all-wheel drivetrain which will boast Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) for optimal power management on all four corners.
The RS version of the Kodiaq, as seen in the images, features significant design changes which differentiate it from the regular model. Changes include bespoke front and rear bumpers, RS badging on the exterior and seats, gloss black accents and new, 20-inch alloy wheels. As revealed earlier, the cabin features Alcantara seats and door trims as standard, along with carbon fibre inserts on the dashboard and door panels. Ambient LED lighting, black roof lining and sporty stainless steel pedals also distinguish the RS model from the standard Kodiaq.
As Skoda recently achieved the milestone of producing 250,000 Kodiaq SUVs, there's no doubt that the RS will also find numerous takers across the globe. The more important question, for us, is the fact that whether Skoda India will bring this behemoth to India in the coming months. Keeping in mind the terrific response elicited by the Octavia RS in India and adding to it the current SUV boom in the market, all the ingredients seem to be there to make the Kodiaq RS a success in India as well. Let's hope Skoda India is listening to our prayers.