New 7-seat model and a more mainstream Yeti will spearhead Skoda's further expansion into the SUV market
The brand is planning a total of four new SUVs - a more mainstream Yeti, a seven-seater, a BMW X4-style coupe and smaller Juke rival. All of the new models are based on the versatile Volkswagen Group MQB platform but while the others are earmarked for Europe, it's possible that the coupe SUV may only be sold in China.
The all new Skoda Yeti is set for launch in 2018, with the refreshed small form factor SUV boasting more mainstream looks along the lines of the just unveiled Superb. Skoda has opted for a more restrained and conventional look, with a clean front end that boasts split headlights and a clamshell bonnet. The new Skoda Yeti shares much with the new Volkswagen Tiguan that has just been unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It features a Superb-style front end and sharp creases down the sides to differentiate it from its Volkswagen Group stablemate.
Family buyers will be catered for by Skoda's new 7-seat SUV. The upscale model looks very smart with sharp lines and high quality detailing. Following the lead of the Superb saloon, interior space is particularly strong with loads of room in all three rows. The rear seats slide an impressive 18cm allowing owners to prioritise legroom or boot space.
There are also some ideas regarding how the current Skoda models will look and evolve in the future. We'll see the return of twin headlights on 2017 Octavia facelift with the inner lights cleverly integrated into grille to give the Skoda family a more distinctive front-end appearance.
Skoda's SUVs will get the same four headlight treatment, with the driving lights lifted up to sit underneath slim headlights. Square wheel arches also feature across the SUV model line with recessed boot opening at the rear. Skoda's SUV designs are further marked out by clamshell bonnets with the new Yeti and bigger 7-Seat SUV inheriting this feature from the current Yeti.
In terms of engine technology, we expect the latest Volkswagen Group turbocharged petrol and TDI diesel units to feature but both the Skoda Yeti and the 7-seater will feature a new plug-in hybrid powertrain that will debut in the Octavia. Familiar trim levels will feature with the rugged Scout trim used across the range of two and four-wheel-drive models. More road-orientated Sportline models will provide an alternative.
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