Skoda Kodiaq vRS breaks cover at Paris Motor Show

Skoda Kodiaq vRS breaks cover at Paris Motor Show

Skoda’s first performance SUV comes with the most powerful diesel engine from the Czech brand and many sporty features.

After multiple teasers, Skoda has finally unveiled the Kodiaq vRS at the 2018 Paris Motor Show – which is fitted with Skoda’s most powerful diesel engine ever.

It becomes the brand’s second current vRS model – after the Octavia – and develops 237bhp from its 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel unit.

2018 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

Paired to a seven-speed DSG transmission and four-wheel drive, the Kodiaq vRS can get from 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 136mph.

Skoda has given the Kodiaq aggressive exterior modifications with the vRS upgrade, including gloss black detailing on the grille, wing mirrors and bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED head and taillights, and new vRS logos around the car.

Inside, Skoda has given the Kodiaq vRS a driver-focused cockpit with a multifunction sports steering wheel, Alcantara sports seats with red contrast stitching, carbon fibre-effect dashboard trim and a ‘virtual cockpit’ digital instrument display, which comes with five different display options.

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2018 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

As with the standard Kodiaq, the vRS has space for up to seven people and when in that seating layout, there is 231 litres of boot space. With five seats in place, customers will find a 600-litre loading space.

Bernard Maier, Skoda chief executive officer, said: “The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is the new spearhead in our SUV offering and, at the same time, our first RS model in this car segment.

2018 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

“Its biturbo engine producing 237bhp is the most powerful diesel engine in Skoda´s history combining the efficiency of modern, clean diesel engines and the performance of a sporty SUV. The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is a model our customers have been waiting a very long time for.”

Prices are yet to be unveiled, but it is expected to start around the £40,000 mark – with deliveries beginning in 2019.

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