Czech based car maker, Skoda has revealed its plans to launch a new large SUV in 2016. Skoda chief Winfried Vahland has confirmed to AutocarUK.
The new SUV will be based on the largest version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and will be a version of VW’s CrossBlue SUV, which is due for a launch in 2015.
The yet-to-be-named Skoda SUV will be a full size bigger than the VW Tiguan, and reports say that it will measure around 4.6m in length. The SUV will be offered with five seat and seven seat configurations. The SUV will be offered with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.
Skoda technical chief Frank Welsch described the new SUV as “the right concept for Skoda; it works perfectly with our brand values”.
According to the report, the new SUV currently exists as a full-size clay model in Skoda’s design studio and early engineering work is now under way. Welsch also said that the engine will be a 2.0 liter four-cylinder unit, with diesel-electric hybrid technology also on the cards. A base version with a 1.6-litre turbo diesel will also be on offer.
Skoda design chief Josef Kaban said: “Larger Skodas like this will employ bolder, more provocative styling – slightly different from the mainstream.”
Skoda is also building a new small SUV, which will be similar in size to the Skoda Yeti. This new large SUV will compete with the new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV globally.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more dope on the upcoming new Skoda SUV.