2021 Skoda Kodiaq RS unveiled; now with more power and reduced weight

Roughly four years after Skoda launched the first model in its SUV campaign, the carmaker has now upgraded the globally successful Kodiaq. The sporty range-topping Kodiaq RS has not only had a visual makeover but has also been given a new, more powerful TSI engine.

2021 Skoda Kodiaq RS Front

The new 2.0 TSI petrol engine produces 180 kW (245 PS) and provides the SUV with even greater performance. Boasting gloss black body applications and the new 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels, the Kodiaq’s Skoda RS family resemblance is clear at first glance.

The sporty SUV comes with full LED Matrix headlights as standard. The combination of black Suedia sports seats with contrasting red stitching and door panels upholstered in the same material featuring black diamond cross-stitching characterise the interior of the Kodiaq RS.

The new 2.0 TSI petrol engine in the Kodiaq RS comes from Volkswagen Group’s EVO generation. Power output has increased by 4 kW (5 PS) to 180 kW (245 PS), while the engine has been trimmed by more than 60 kg.

The sporty, black design details are a typical feature for members of the RS family. The restyled, hexagonal Skoda grille with its bold double ribs features a gloss black finish on the Kodiaq RS. It is flanked by slim full-LED Matrix headlights as standard.

The window frames and roof rails also shine in black, while the RS-specific front and rear aprons are body-coloured. Compared to its predecessor, the Kodiaq RS now features a distinct, dynamically designed model-specific front bumper.

The rear – as with all Skoda RS models – features a reflector spanning the entire width of the vehicle. The RS logo can be found on the tailgate and on the Skoda grille. The burnished 20-inch Sagitarius alloy wheels in metallic black and aerodynamic covers come as standard.

The Virtual Cockpit is a standard feature in the Kodiaq RS. It welcomes the driver with an RS-specific look and offers a Sport layout as an additional, fifth display mode, where the speedometer and the rev counter take centre stage.

The sports seats with integrated headrests are upholstered in black Suedia microfibre and feature striking contrasting red stitching. A red RS logo is embroidered on the front seats. Red stitching can also be found on the dashboard and the armrests in the doors. Like the seats, the door panels are upholstered in black Suedia, with black diamond cross-stitching.

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