The Czech automaker, with a good brand-pull in D-segment with Superb, seems to be working on exploiting that luck with a new mid-size SUV in the same segment. Codenamed Skoda A-Plus, new Skoda SUV in question has started testing in Europe, masquerading as Yeti.
To be based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform, which also underpins new generation Superb, Skoda A-Plus will be positioned as the brand’s flagship SUV. The crossover, going by Skoda’s design traits, will feature clean & straight lines with taut surfaces, and a trademark front fascia. There should be enough space for three rows of seats (for 7 passengers).
The crossover SUV is likely to be powered by a set of TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, borrowed from Superb, with both manual and automatic transmissions in the mix. Expect the equipment level too to match its sedan sibling, since the SUV will also cater to the same price segment. Higher variants are expected to offer AWD system, which this test mule could be testing.
New Skoda SUV will first be launched in Europe, by late 2016. India launch is out of the question until 2017. Thereafter, if launched, competition would come from the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Endeavour and Ssangyong Rexton. It is to be noted that except for Santa Fe, the rest of rivals are underpinned by ladder frame chassis.
More spy shots at – Carscoops