Skoda has announced that they will bring back the vRS badge, however, this time the result will not be a firecracker sedan. According to Berhard Maier, Skoda’s CEO -- who spoke to Autocar -- the next car is likely to be a performance SUV. More specifically, the Karoq vRS could be a reality.
Although the Karoq is targeted at the family segment, it's likely that a performance SUV will have a niche demand in India’s SUV-crazed market.
At the launch of the Karoq in Sweden, Maier said that there is an obvious demand for an SUV with the vRS badge and the Karoq fits the bill perfectly for a Skoda vRS. Although he went on to say that this project is still under investigation and no final decision has been made yet.
This development comes on the back of reports that questioned the future of the vRS brand. Especially after Skoda killed the Fabia vRS after two generations. This means that the only vRS that Skoda have on offer currently is the Octavia.
Speculation can be made, that if the vRS were to make it to the market, it’s likely to share its motor with the Seat Ateca Cupra which sports a 304 hp, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. And would position itself, globally, alongside the VW T-Roc R.
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In addition to this, there could also be a plug-in hybrid of the Superb in 2019. However, that is also still in the works. More on that as it evolves.