Skoda VisionS
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Czech automobile-manufacturer Skoda is preparing a seven-seater full-size SUV, to be positioned above the Yeti crossover currently on sale. Widely rumoured with the name Kodiak, the new SUV is expected to make a public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show in October.

The company recently released pictures of the VisionS design study model which will be premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. The Czech manufacturer unveiled the VisionC concept car at the Geneva Motor Show 2014, which eventually became the inspiration for the new Octavia and the upcoming Superb sedan. The idea behind the VisionS design study is also the same. The importance of this study model is it communicates the new design language of upcoming SUVs from Skoda.

The first SUV tailoring with this new design language will be the upcoming flagship SUV. Judging by the pictures, it is clear the SUV will feature three rows of seats. The VisionS features a signature Skoda grille at the front with swept back headlights. A large lower grille with side air intakes and a long bonnet, a roofline dips towards the rear and dual rear exhausts gives sporty character to the design study model.

The VisionS measures 4,700mm in length, 1,910mm in width and a height of 1,680mm. The production-spec model is also expected to come with same dimensions. The SUV will use the extended MQB platform of the Volkswagen group. It will come in the standard front-wheel-driven format while an all-wheel-drive model will also be on offer.

Skoda is expected to use the current engine line-up from the Octavia and Superb sedans that include the 2.0-litre TDI and the 1.8-litre TSI engines available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. The SUV is also expected with a start-stop system, energy recovery and cylinder deactivation for petrol units.