Just a few hours after the publication of a series of spy photos with the Skoda Karoq facelift, his big brother made the headlines with the new spy photos. It’s not just any Kodiaq, but the high-performance RS version that our spy photographers captured for the very first time. The spicy Rally Sport appears in front of the camera at a holiday resort in Austria where the regular version of the mid-size SUV was also seen under test (see the spy photos attached below).
As was the case with the Karoq, the Kodiaq RS has camouflage on the front and rear where Skoda will install slightly revised bumpers and updated lights. The halogen headlights of the prototype do not matter, because the fast SUV available today comes standard with a fully LED configuration. It should be a similar story with the updated version, but it would be logical that the matrix LED arrangement of the Superb facelift and the fourth generation Octavia be offered.
The lower specification prototypes had similar camouflage to hide what we believe to be minor body adjustments. One of the test vehicles had a specification sheet inside the cabin revealing the identity of the engine – a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine developing 200 horsepower (147 kilowatts). The Volkswagen group’s 2.0 TDI Evo unit recently made its Skoda debut with the unveiling of the Octavia Scout.
The cleaner, more efficient powertrain will also be offered for the diesel-powered Octavia RS, which will arrive later this year after making its debut on the VW Golf GTD in late February with 400 Newton-meters (295 lb-ft) at tap. The beefy diesel will come exclusively in a DSG deal.
Powerful diesel will not be the only innovation brought by the facelift of the Kodiaq, because we are also expecting a rechargeable hybrid system inherited from the Superb iV. It should combine a 1.4 TSI petrol mill developing 156 hp (115 kW) with a 115 hp (85 kW) electric motor. Combined power is 218 hp (160 kW) in Skoda’s flagship car, which in electrified form comes with a six-speed DSG and a 13 kWh battery using the same configuration used by the VW Passat GTE.
The Skoda Kodiaq has been around for about four years, so look for the refurbished model for a premiere later this year.