After re-designating Australia as a ‘moderately hot country’ the Skoda Kodiaq RS has been confirmed for Australia with the order books opening at the end of this year.

The 2019 Skoda Kodiaq RS has been confirmed for Australia after boffins working on the vehicle were able to re-designate Australia from a ‘hot and dusty’ country, which had ruled us out as a destination for the Kodiaq RS, to a ‘moderately hot country’. The order books for the hot-shoe Skoda seven-seater will open towards the end of this year (2019).

In a statement, Skoda Australia said: “The arrival of Skoda’s most exciting performance model yet is the result of countless hours of work by Skoda’s Australian technical team, who collaborated with the factory in the Czech Republic to reset the market’s technical category for Australia. Previously designated as a ‘hot and dusty’ climate, Australia has now been reclassified as ‘moderately hot country’, making the Kodiaq RS a reality”.

The Kodaiq RS is powered by a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine making 176kW/500Nm. In 2018, German race driver and Nürburgring, 24 Hours winner, Sabine Schmidt, lapped the Nordschleife in the Kodiaq RS, setting a new seven-seat SUV record of 9min 29.84sec.

Read our first drive of the Kodiaq RS here.


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