Skoda has confirmed it will launch its next-generation Fabia hatch later this year, and hinted at the possibility of a new SUV model.
The next Fabia - rendered speculatively above by French magazine L'Automobile - was expected to debut as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show, but the company’s annual press conference this week brought news of a September unveiling.
The company has not offered any details on the new light hatch, although it is believed Skoda will utilise a shortened version of Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
Dubbed ‘MQB-A’, the new architecture will reportedly combine features both from the versatile MQB platform and from the smaller NSF design that underpins the tiny Volkswagen Up hatch.
This week’s briefing also saw Skoda and parent Volkswagen confirm plans for an all-new model to be built at its Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.
“The decision to produce a new vehicle at Kvasiny will strengthen the location. This will ensure the long-term prosperity of Kvasiny, as well as Mladá Boleslav and Vrchlabí,” said Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland.
Details on the new model have not been offered, but the company has long been rumoured to be in the final stages of development for a new SUV model.
A larger high-riding wagon would do much to boost Skoda’s global sales, with the SUV segment easily the strongest sector in most western markets.
Rumoured to be called ‘Snowman’, the new model is expected to enter the mid-sized SUV market, slotting into the Skoda range above the Yeti crossover.
Reports suggest the new model will be offered in five- and seven-seat configurations, with front- and all-wheel-drive options.
Watch for details on the new model to surface in the coming months.