Czech automobile-manufacturer Skoda is reportedly working on four new SUVs based on the VisionS design study concept unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. All the four SUVs are expected to be on the roads by 2019. The addition of new SUVs will strengthen Skoda's utility vehicle portfolio from the current single product offering, the Yeti crossover.
The first SUV to be expected is the Kodiaq seven-seater. Based on the Volkswagen Group's Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, this flagship SUV's debut is expected at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October. The SUV will feature precise and crisp body lines and a face similar to the current generation cars of Skoda. Apart from hybrid powertrain, the Kodiaq is also expected in 2.0-litre TDI and 1.8-litre TSI engines mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission.
The next SUV in the pipeline is the next generation of the Yeti crossover. The new Yeti will get a significant makeover based on the VisionS concept, and its international market launch can be expected in 2018.
The third model in the pipeline is the five-door coupe version of the Kodiaq, reports Autocar. This SUV will feature a raked roof in line with the coupe style seen in the BMW X6 and X4. Skoda's coupe SUV will initially target buyers in China. The response will dictate the decision of selling it in other countries.
And finally, since Skoda cannot turn a deaf ear to the rising demand for compact SUVs around the world, its fourth offering in the pipeline is a compact SUV. This will compete with Nissan Juke in the global market and is expected to be launched in two years.