The Skoda Kodiaq RS crossover has been revealed a day before the start of the 2018 Paris motor show.
Under the bonnet there's a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel making 176kW of power at 4000rpm, and 500Nm of torque between 1750 and 2500rpm. All that torque is channelled to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
Among the standard features are automatic engine stop/start, a brake energy recovery system, 17-inch disc brakes, LED head- and tail-lights, and a dynamic chassis control setup with six selectable modes (eco, comfort, normal, sport, individual and snow).
The Kodiaq RS is the first Skoda model to be fitted with the redesigned vRS logo, and a dynamic sound booster system, which uses in-car electronics to generate a note that "complements the natural sound of the exhaust system and refines the engine’s sound profile".
Design-wise the RS is differentiated from garden variety Kodiaq models by its 20-inch alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and a gloss black finish for the grille, wing mirrors, window frames and roof rails.
On the inside the Kodiaq RS features a customisable digital instrumentation display, a flat-bottom leather steering wheel, plenty of red stitching, stainless pedals, faux carbon-fibre dashboard inserts, fake suede seat covers, and black roof lining.
Depending on the market, the Kodiaq RS is available as either a five- or seven-seat vehicle.
Speaking with CarAdvice in June, Paul Pottinger, communications boss for Skoda's local division, said the Kodiaq RS is an unlikely starter for Australia as its engine is currently not available for countries designated as a "hot climate" region.
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