Skoda Australia has set its sights on the performance SUV market with confirmation that its hot Kodiaq RS high-rider will be offered in local showrooms, complete with a full-fat 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo-diesel powertrain.
Skoda Australia has yet to confirm pricing as order books will open before year’s end ahead of an expected launch in early 2020, but except a premium over the current 140kW/400Nm Kodiaq 140TDI that retails for $52,990 before on-road costs.
Full specification is also yet to be locked down, but Skoda Australia has already confirmed 20-inch wheels, red brake callipers, leather interior and all-digital instrumentation, as well as blacked-out side mirrors, front grille and roof rails.
Except to also see Australian-delivered versions equipped with the brand’s 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system and a bespoke ‘Dynamic Chassis Control’ system with selectable driving modes.
Safety gear should also carryover from the standard Kodiaq line-up to the RS-badged variant, which includes front and rear parking sensors, nine airbags, and adaptive cruise control.
Though a cloud has hung over the viability of the high-performance engine for Australia since the Kodiaq RS’ debut at last year’s Paris motor show due to hot-weather climates, Skoda Australia boss Michael Irmer said the Czech brand had been hard at work to validate the new flagship SUV for local conditions.
The Kodiq RS scores 20-inch wheels, red brake callipers, blacked-out side mirrors, front grille and roof rails.
“Since its launch, we have been working tirelessly to bring the Kodiaq RS to our shores, he said.
“The project to bring the high-performance bi-turbodiesel-powered Kodiaq RS has seen collaboration between Australian and Czech technical teams sharing data and know-how. It is because of their shared passion for the Skoda brand, and this exciting car, that we can finally offer an RS-spec SUV.”