Skoda Kodiaq RS Reportedly On Track For 2018, Could Get 240 Horses

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After going back and forth on the development of a Kodiaq vRS, Skoda's officials have apparently decided to build it.

Autocar reports that the hot version of the brand's flagship SUV will hit the market next year and, as expected, it will differentiate itself from the regular models by adopting a beefed up body kit.

Other changes could include a sportier suspension and improved brakes, in addition to the vRS badges applied, and the larger wheels that should get a new pattern. Don't expect any major changes inside, where the Skoda Kodiaq vRS will likely sport some minor tweaks.

No details surrounding its powertrain have been released yet, but the British publication says that sources familiar with the plan describe its engine as having "lots of torque", suggesting that it will probably be a diesel.

The statement is backed up by a previous report that talked about the 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo lump of the Euro-spec Volkswagen Tiguan, which could be adopted by the potent Kodiaq. In  its German cousin, the unit makes 240PS (237hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft) of torque, and allows it to go from rest to 100km/h (62mph) in 6.5sec.

Note: Skoda Kodiaq Sportline pictured