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Hot Skoda Kodiaq, off-road Karoq debut in Paris

Kodiaq vRS and Karoq Scout widen SUV range

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Skoda has arrived at the Paris show with two new directions for its successful and still young SUV range.

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is a performance version of the brand’s larger SUV, powered by the most powerful diesel engine the Czech brand has yet produced. It is the first SUV to be added to Skoda’s vRS sports line.

The engine produces 240hp with 500Nm of torque, which is said to see it through 62mph from rest in seven seconds.

Bespoke styling details include new bumpers, gloss-black details on the radiator grille, window frames and wing mirrors and full LED headlamps. Sports seats with perforated Alcantara and carbon leather are fitted inside alongside the virtual cockpit instrument system.

   

The vRS also debuts Skoda’s Dynamic Sound Boost system, which refines the sound profile of the engine to make it sound more sporty.

Sports styling also features on a new version of the smaller Karoq on display. The SportLine is available in front and all-wheel varieties and powered by a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, including a new 190hp version exclusive to the model.

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Attracting more interest is the Karoq Scout, an off-road styled version of the model, with all-wheel-drive as standard.

It gains bolder body mouldings with silver colouring, and chrome strips around the radiator grille and side windows. Bespoke wheel arch covers surround either 18-inch or optional 19-inch wheels.

Inside the seats gain new covers with a contrasting strips effect, piano black detailing is added along with dark ash-wood effect decorative strips.

The Karoq Sport will go on sale with either 150 or 190hp diesel engines or a 150hp petrol unit.

Skoda is yet to release prices or on-sale dates for any of the new SUV variants.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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