Czech automobile-manufacturer Skoda unveiled the VisionS design study concept at the 86th Geneva Motor Show in March. It incorporates Skoda's new design language for upcoming SUVs. Latest reports indicate Skoda's existing crossover, the Yeti, will also get a makeover based on the concept, and its international market launch can be expected in 2018.
A report in AutoExpress claims the new Yeti will flaunt more space, a new engine range and a more traditional crossover look. In terms of design, the new Yeti will feature the crisp body lines of the VisionS, influenced by Czech cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art. Its precise and sharp-edged body panels and creases will be similar to the current-generation cars of Skoda. The upright rear will make way for a more rakish design, and the makeover is expected to bring about significant change from the current Yeti in terms of looks.
Skoda boss Bernhard Maier told Auto Express: "It is not a surprise that there will be a successor for the Yeti. This is already in development; it looks beautiful and perfectly fits to the brand." The new Yeti will underpin the Volkswagen Group's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, and apart from the petrol and diesel models, a hybrid engine is also under development.
For the international market, the new Yeti is expected with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine as well as 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines. For India, Skoda likely to stick with just the diesel engines.
The first product to come based on the VisionS concept is a new seven-seater SUV that will be positioned above the Yeti. Rumoured with the brand name Kodiaq, the new SUV will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show in October this year.