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New Skoda SUV by 2016

Snapshot: The new Skoda SUV, confirmed to be launched in 2016, may be based on VW CrossBlue SUV concept

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.

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