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2022 Skoda Kodiaq detailed: Big RS engine swap with Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe rival's facelift

The Kodiaq RS now has petrol in its tank.

Skoda has revealed the facelifted version of the first-generation Kodiaq large SUV, with the seven-seater due in Australian showrooms by December, when it will be headlined by the new petrol-powered RS performance flagship.

As reported, the Kodiaq RS has traded in its 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine for a 180kW/370Nm single-turbo petrol unit. And if it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s also found under the bonnet of the new-generation Octavia RS mid-size car.

That said, the Kodiaq RS is still mated to an all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, albeit a new, 5.2kg-lighter item. Speaking of which, the engine swap has also reduced weight, by more than 60kg.

Also confirmed for Australia is the return of the Kodiaq’s entry-level 132TSI and mid-range 132TSI Sportline variants, with both powered by a 140kW/320Nm version of the Kodiaq RS’ new unit. They have the same drivetrain, too.

Of course, there’s more to the Kodiaq’s facelift, with it also ushering in redesigned front fascias, with the similarities being new headlights (including the availability of Matrix LED items), grilles and bumpers.

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Around the side, fresh sets of alloy wheels are offered, measuring up to 20 inches in diameter and including new Aero designs, while the rear’s tail-lights have tweaked graphics and a tailgate spoiler has been added.

Inside, there’s a fresh Canton sound system with 10 speakers (up from eight), new trim options, extended contrasting stitching, enhanced LED ambient lighting and the availability of ventilated front seats with perforated leather upholstery and massaging functionality.

Local pricing and full specification details for the facelifted Kodiaq will released closer to its launch. For reference, the pre-facelift version of the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe rival is currently priced from $46,390 to $68,890 plus on-road costs.