Skoda will present a high-performance version of its flagship Kodiaq SUV at the Paris Motor Show 2018, which is held this fall. The seven-seater is expected to be equipped with a 240-horsepower diesel engine, and in the future there will be a version with a petrol 280-hp one. Does a family car really need a hot version?
The pre-production Kodiaq vRS sample has been already undergoing final tests. Its run on the Nürburgring race track was ‘the cherry on the cake’, where it looked good, but, certainly, it is far from a 500-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio by its quickness.
It is not officially confirmed, but a 2.0-liter 240-hp diesel motor is likely used on the performance Kodiaq. It is also possible that later a variant with a petrol 2.0-liter turbo engine with 280 hp will be offered.
Today there is only one vRS model in the Skoda lineup – this is the Octavia. Nevertheless, the company’s management is convinced that the direction of high-performance modifications of standard cars is very promising. That is why the Karoq SUV, the well-known Yeti’s successor, can get a vRS version as well.
Why should companies invest in the development of hot modifications? There are two main reasons, we suppose.
Reason.1. Last year, Christian Strube, the Skoda’s R & D department boss, drove the Kodiaq crossover with a 240-hp engine and was ecstatic. This is not surprising, given the power. Of course there always be men which like fast driving.
Moreover, the performance Skodas look more stylish and sportier than the usual versions. The Kodiaq, in this respect, will not be an exception.
Reason 2. Price. Clearly, the vRS-version will cost more than any other Kodiaq (presumably €43,000-45,000). However, this amount is lesser than the cost of a hot luxury SUV of the Great German Three. For example, the new BMW X5 M costs about €115,000.
In the mass segment, to which Skoda belongs, there are almost no offers for hot SUVs. It is this circumstance that can attract the buyers of moderate prosperity (by European standards) to the Skoda Kodiaq vRS.