The Škoda Vision RS concept study and the lithe Škoda Kodiaq RS SUV celebrated their world premieres at the Paris Motor Show.
Besides these world débuts, Škoda also showed-off the Škoda Karoq Scout, Karoq Sportline and Octavia Combi G-TEC in Paris.
The Škoda Kodiaq RS is the latest member to join the family of RS models. Ample output is generated by the most powerful diesel engine ever seen in a Škoda production car: a 2.0 BiTDI delivering 176 kW (240 HP) and maximum torque of 500 Nm. Inside and out, the car is graced with exclusive sporty accessories and advanced technology such as the Virtual Cockpit, the DCC Adaptive Chassis and progressive steering. In keeping with other Škoda Kodiaqs, the Kodiaq RS can be ordered as a seven-seater.
“Its modern, clean and highly efficient twin-charged diesel engine boasts 240 HP and 500 Nm of torque. This is a perfect example of when athleticism meets exceptional everyday practicality,” explained Bernhard Maier, the Škoda Auto Chairman, as he introduces the Kodiaq RS.
Whereas the Kodiaq RS is the present, the Vision RS concept offers a vision of the future of Škoda’s RS models. A future that combines a fine driving experience and environmental responsibility in equal measure.
“The Vision RS is a plug-in hybrid drive. Its 1.5-litre TSI engine delivers output of 110 kW. This is supported by a 75 kW electric motor, giving the model a range of 70 kilometres on the battery alone – and therefore emission-free local driving. And best of all, thanks to the electric motor, the maximum torque is available from standstill,” said Bernhard Maier at the official unveiling.
“The Vision RS shows what our RS family of models might look like in the future. And as you know, our Vision cars always offer a hint of upcoming production models – especially when it comes to the exterior design,” he added.
Inside the Vision RS concept study, one can find new improved interior design features: a large, centrally positioned infotainment display, seat covers made with vegan materials, and advanced voice control. “Our best-in-class voice control will offer all key information on the vehicle, whether you’re at home or on the road,” Maier said.
Discussing where the Škoda brand was headed, Bernhard Maier spelt out the carmaker’s ambition to become a major player on the global market. “Our millionth car this year will be rolling off the production line in a matter of days. We have achieved this magic number even earlier than in previous years,” Maier said. “I would like to thank our customers for their confidence in us,” he added.
These days, though, the millionth car of the year is just a stepping stone. Once a lofty goal, this is now a springboard to Škoda’s new target of two million cars per year by 2025.