At least three new Skoda SUVs are currently in the works as the VW-owned Czech brand is looking to cater to the world’s ever growing SUV frenzy. Autocar UK reports that, in addition to the Superb-based model which is slated to make its international sales debut in early-2017, there may also be a sportier derivative with a shorter rear overhang and coupe-ish roofline. The next gen Skoda Yeti with a traditional SUV appeal is also in the pipeline.
Coming back to the new Skoda SUV, it was previewed by the VW Cross Blue Concept. To be available in both 5 and 7 seat variants, the premium SUV is based on VW Group’s MQB modular platform which also underpins the new Superb. It’s not likely to be called as the Snowman as speculated by media. The car will subscribe to the brand’s current design language with neat lines, signature front grille and sophisticated headlamps.
Inside, the upcoming SUV is reported to offer space which will be on similar scale to that of the Superb. The 60-40 split rear seats can be slid forward by 17 cm to create a massive luggage space. Equipment level and powertrain lineup will be borrowed from its sedan sibling and this model would suit the Indian market as a contender in the premium SUV segment which is populated by Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.
The new model will be followed by the next gen Yeti in 2018. While not much is known about the next gen model, it’s expected to sit on the same MQB platform albeit with a shorter wheelbase. Skoda may opt to eliminate the current model’s quirky design in favor of a more subtle styling.
The third SUV in line is a sportier variant of the Superb-based SUV. It is reported to have its rear overhang stunted by a good 12 cm. This, combined with a coupe like swooping roofline, would give the new model a sporty character. The derivative in question is likely to have China as its home base if Skoda decides to go ahead with its production.
Via – Autocar.co.uk