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Kez Casey | Sep, 04 2015 | 1 Comment

It looks as though the fast-back SUV craze, pioneered by the BMW X6, shows no signs of slowing with Skoda not ruling out the possibility of adding their own version.

Skoda’s upcoming flagship seven-seat SUV, dubbed Snowman but yet to be officially named, would provide the basis for the new SUV Coupe.

A rendering of how the Skoda Snowman might look
A rendering of how the Skoda Snowman might look

That means the seven-seat configuration would get the flick, and instead the new variant would revert to a five-seat cabin with an angled D-pillar and sloping tailgate.

Inside, the swoopier SUV is likely to share much of its interior with the Snowman, but with upscale revisions to trim and specification, in line with its positioning as a range-topping model.

Volkswagen's CrossCoupe GTE provides a hint of what Skoda has in mind
Volkswagen's CrossCoupe GTE provides a hint of what Skoda has in mind

A range of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will power the new large SUV range, with a choice of manual and DSG automatic transmissions, and the choice of front or all-wheel-drive, depending on the model.

As for positioning, despite Skoda’s more mainstream appeal, a lack of competitors will see the sharply styled SUV line up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

Speaking with Auto Express, a spokeswoman for Skoda hinted at the possibility of such a model joining the range in the future.

“We will be growing our SUV range in the future,” she said.

“All of our new models will offer class-leading space, value and quality.”

“So long as these can be included, the sky is the limit.”

The first of Skoda’s new SUVs will the the seven-seat Snowman, which will share its underpinnings with Volkswagen’s new seven-seat offering, based off the CrossBlue concept.

A new Yeti is also on the cards. The new model will be repositioned slightly to better fit the medium SUV classification and open up room beneath it for a small SUV entrant.

After that, the SUV coupe should be the next in line, making its European debut late in 2017. The success of the more popular seven-seat model will determine the niche model's chances of arriving on these shores.

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