Hot SUV thrown around the Ring

The Skoda Kodiaq RS has been teased ahead of its debut at the 2018 Paris motor show, which kicks off at the beginning of October.

In the video released overnight, the Czech brand teases a "record-breaking lap" of the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife with Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel. A full video of the lap, as well as further details, will be released on June 14, European time.

It's not known at this point in time which engine will power the Kodiaq RS, but a 2.0-litre turbocharged donk of some description is pretty safe bet.

At present, the most powerful engine in the Kodiaq range is a 140kW 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, while a 132kW 2.0-litre sits atop the crossover's petrol powertrain tree.

Rumour has it the Kodiaq RS will be fitted with the 177kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine used in the top-of-the-range Volkswagen Passat in Europe.

It's possible, though, the Kodiaq RS may employ the 206kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine also seen in the range-topping Skoda Superb, and Volkswagen Passat models.

For reference sake, the smaller Octavia RS is available solely with a 180kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine as part of a range revision for the 2019 model year, with the previous 169kW petrol and 135kW diesel engines sidelined to meet WLTP emissions requirements.

In addition to being officially teased, our spy photography agency has just caught the hotted-up crossover undergoing testing on public roads in the Alps.

Both prototypes feature a new front bumper design with reworked lower air intakes. We also expect to see the final car sporting lowered suspension, a revised rear bumper, RS badging, and plenty of black highlights.