Skoda company chief Winfried Vahland has confirmed to Autocar Magazine that the company is contemplating on launching a large new SUV in 2016. The new model is said to be based on the largest version of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform.
The SUV might just be a version of VW’s CrossBlue SUV which is to be launched in 2015. The vehicle is said to be a more refined alternative 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”. This Skoda SUV will sit a class higher than the VW Tiguan and sources say that it will measure atleast 4.6m in length. It will be offered with five-seat and seven-seat configurations, and with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
For now, the new SUV exists as a full-size clay model in Skoda’s design studio as engineering work goes on. 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 and a 1.6-litre turbodiesel will be the base unit.
Skoda design chief Josef Kaban told Autocar, “Larger Skodas like this will employ bolder, more provocative styling - slightly different from the mainstream.” Skoda is also planning for a third SUV which will be a bit similar in size to the Skoda Yeti, albeit with a more traditional SUV appearance.