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Trevor Collett | Jul, 28 2014 | 0 Comments

Skoda has reportedly confirmed one new SUV and possibly a second will join its model range, as the Czech carmaker looks to hit its target of 1.5 million sales annually by 2018.

Speaking with the UK’s Autocar, company insiders reportedly confirmed a new medium-to-large SUV with up to seven seats has been given the green light.

Rumours of a large Skoda SUV have been around for some time, but new whispers from inside sources appear to strengthen these claims.

The sources said the new SUV will go on sale late 2016 with pricing to rival the likes of Hyundai’s Santa Fe, available in both front- or all-wheel-drive with “lots of off-road capability” and a strong tow-rating.

Power for the entry-level model at least would come from the Volkswagen Group’s 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine, and a five-seat configuration would be standard with the third row of seats optional.

These reports follow recent confirmation from Volkswagen that it would build a seven-seat SUV in the US based on the CrossBlue concept, which suggests a similar car could wear a Skoda badge or perhaps the long-rumoured ‘Skoda Snowman’ name.

As the Volkswagen will only be built in left-hand-drive initially, an Australian debut is unlikely. A future Skoda Snowman could find its way into the right-hand-drive UK market however, potentially opening the door for Skoda showrooms in Australia.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept
Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Skoda is also reportedly considering a second new SUV option, described by company insiders as a “good-value BMW X4 or Range Rover Evoque”.

A second new SUV would fill the gap between the large SUV mentioned here and the existing Skoda Octavia Scout and Yeti models, as the carmaker is not believed to be considering a compact SUV.

Continuing Skoda’s new model ‘assault’ will be the all-new Fabia in the coming months, followed by an all-new Superb next year with styling based on the VisionC concept.

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Skoda VisionC Concept
Skoda VisionC Concept

 
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