Skoda confirms new SUV for 2016

Autocar India
First Published: 18:15 IST(19/12/2013)
Last Updated: 17:22 IST(20/12/2013)
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Skoda plans to launch a large new SUV in 2016, company chief Winfried Vahland has confirmed to Autocar.

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The new model is based on the largest version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform and is set to be a version of VW’s own CrossBlue SUV, due to be launched in 2015.

The as-yet-unnamed Skoda SUV will be a class up from the VW Tiguan, and insiders suggest it will measure around 4.6m in length. It will be offered with five-seat and seven-seat configurations, and with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

It is understood to be positioned as a more refined rival to the Hyundai Santa Fe. Skoda technical chief Frank Welsch described the new SUV as “the right concept for Skoda; it works perfectly with our brand values”.

The new SUV currently exists as a full-size clay model in Skoda’s design studio and early engineering work is now under way. Welsch said engine capacity is likely to be capped at 2.0-litre, four-cylinder units, with diesel-electric hybrid technology set to be offered. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel will be the base unit.

Skoda design chief Josef Kaban said: “Larger Skodas like this will employ bolder, more provocative styling - slightly different from the mainstream.”

Skoda is also plotting a third SUV which will be a similar size to the Skoda Yeti. The new model, which is expected to form part of the Yeti family, will adopt a more traditional SUV appearance.


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