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by James Ward

It seems all-but confirmed that a Skoda Kodiaq RS hero model is in the works for the Czech badge’s new large SUV line.

CarAdvice spoke with Kodiaq Program Manager, Jiri Dytrych, at the International launch of the Kodiaq in Spain, who indicated that a more sports-oriented model would be a likely addition to the range.

“If we are coming with RS, then it will only be with one engine, and it will be on top of the range. And it will have really big possibilities,” said Dytrych.

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Above: the Kodiaq in its regular form. Top of article: Kodiaq RS rendering by X-Tomi

This will place the Kodiaq RS above the current high-specification Style trim grade, and the just announced SportLine model.

When queried as to which engine would power the RS, Mr Dytrych said: “It has to be the bi-turbo diesel engine (BiTDI). We have for this platform a 2.0-litre TDI with 177kW.”

This engine tune currently features in the Volkswagen Passat (although not in Australia), offering 177kW at 4000 rpm and a solid 500Nm of torque from 1750 to 2500 rpm.

It is currently the most powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine on the market.

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That means the Kodiaq RS would have more oomph than the new Skoda Octavia RS230 (169kW/350Nm), and more torque than the range-topping Superb 206TSI (206kW/350Nm), which are both petrol engines.

The Kodiaq launches in Australia in mid-2017 with a 132kW/350Nm turbocharged 2-litre petrol engine and a 140kW/400Nm 2-litre turbo diesel. All models will feature all-wheel drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Watch for CarAdvice’s first-drive review of the Kodiaq to land early this coming week. 

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