Skoda has taken its upcoming Kodiaq RS to the Nurburgring.
The Czech brand has teased the new performance SUV with a video showing it preparing to undertake testing at the vaunted German track.
Sporting camouflage paint it is hard to spot any styling differences on the Kodiaq RS compared to the regular machine, but what is evident is larger wheels and bigger brakes befitting a sporty model.
The seven-seater is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 176kW and 500Nm.
However, when Drive spoke to Skoda's local boss, Michael Irmer, in 2017 he expressed concern over whether the Kodiaq RS would be offered down under despite a strong desire to offer it in local showrooms. Skoda, like Volkswagen, consider Australia a hot weather country and therefore require its vehicles to feature an increased level of cooling.
"The RS version we have obviously expressed incredibly strong interest for that for obvious reasons. Very, very strong interest," Irmer said.
"If the engine will become available for Australia we will 100 per cent take it, but at the moment that is under evaluation by the engineers because we are classified as a hot country… So it has higher cooling requirements."
However, Australia's propensity for performance cars and the long-standing love affair with the SUV stand the company in good steed to find a way to bring the spritely high-rider to Australia.
Skoda promises to reveal more on the RS' Nurburgring lap time on June 14.