Skoda is cerebration big with its SUV plans. Spurred on by the delinquent success of the Yeti – which has accurate added accepted every year back it launched in 2009 – the cast has two added models in the pipeline, accouterment for actual altered types of buyer.
Top of Skoda’s account of priorities is a abundant larger, seven-seater SUV, previewed by our absolute capital image, that will be appear at 2015’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
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“A seven-seater is the best analytic avenue from our customers’ point of view,” said Skoda arch of development Dr Frank Welsch. “If we do SUVs, they should be archetypal Skodas, with lots of space. In this account a 5 2 blueprint works perfectly.”
The aggregation currently has a four per cent allotment of the bazaar in Europe, and it believes a archetypal like this would advice access that share. But this car would additionally assignment in acute markets like China – and advice Skoda addition anniversary sales there from about 235,000 to its ambition of 500,000.
The big Skoda is acceptable to be the sister car to the assembly adaptation of the VW CrossBlue concept, and is set to be based on the better accessible adaptation of the MQB platform. That agency it’ll account from the latest fuel-efficient four-cylinder VW Accumulation engines and electrical systems. It will additionally accept a cossack as big as the VW Golf’s (around 380 litres) with all seven seats in place.
We bounced a few account for names off Dr Welsch, including Snowman, Big Foot and Sasquatch. He laughed and acclaimed them all bottomward – so if any are used, you heard it actuality first.
With its beyond dimensions, added weight and college price, the big SUV would be the absolute applicant for the latest VW Accumulation constituent amalgam technology – but Welsch isn’t so sure. “We are in a acceptable position as we accept abate cars with able engines, so we are acceptable for affair emissions regulations,” he explained. “Other brands in the accumulation charge to alpha with EVs and hybrids now, but not us. One day we will do it.”
Sitting beneath the seven-seater will be the new Yeti. Four years afterwards it was originally launched, the car has aloof been revised, and it debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. There are now two versions: a asperous Outdoor with artificial cladding, and the sleeker City model, with body-coloured exoteric trim. An all-new Yeti, based on the MQB platform, is accepted in 2016.
Completing the new Skoda SUV ambit will be a rebadged adaptation of the assembly VW Taigun. Based on the VW up!, this car debuted in abstraction anatomy at aftermost year’s Sao Paulo Motor Show, and Skoda will action its own, cautiously altered version, demography administration cues from the Citigo. This could be alleged the Skoda CitySUV, and will be front-wheel drive only.
“For now we charge ample cars first, so we are absorption on this bigger Yeti,” said Welsch. “That doesn’t beggarly there’s beneath allowance for a baby SUV, though. We are a affiliate of the VW Accumulation and can booty it, but let’s delay and see.”