Big­ger SUV for Skoda fam­ily

NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

Th­ese sketches give an im­pres­sion of how Skoda’s new medium SUV will sort of look like when it joins the line-up next year. The styling con­cept, dubbed Vi­sionS, is ex­pected to de­but at Geneva this month. The con­cept will fea­ture three rows of seat­ing with space for six pas­sen­gers and their lug­gage. The SUV is ex­pected to be around 4.7m long and 1.9m wide. It gets the Skoda look with the cor­po­rate grille and sculp­tured bon­net, though the headlights look in­ter­est­ing.

The pro­duc­tion ver­sion will likely use the name Ko­diaq and will be based off the group’s MQB plat­form. Ex­pect a VW ver­sion as well, called the Cross­Blue, which will be re­vealed later in the year.

There will be the usual range of four­cylin­der tur­bopetrol and diesel en­gines, and pos­si­bly a V6 for the range top­per. Both front- and all-wheel con­fig­u­ra­tions will be avail­able as well as a new hy­brid and plug-in hy­brid ver­sions.

The of­fi­cial state­ment from Skoda said: "Over re­cent years Skoda has com­pletely re­newed its model range and the next phase will in­volve broad­en­ing the range of mod­els in the SUV seg­ment."

It’s cur­rently lack­ing in this space, mak­ing do with good old wag­ons, but other SUV/cross­over types will be com­ing in­clud­ing a new Yeti (based on the up­com­ing Tiguan) and a two-row ver­sion of the Ko­diaq with fast­back styling.

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