Future Models - Skoda 2016 SUV
Geneva show: Skoda to lift lid on SUV
Up in the air: It is unclear if the Skoda SUV will share its underpinnings with VW's forthcoming SUV based on the CrossBlue concept (left), or the seven-seat version of the Tiguan.
Teaser image suggests something 'big' on the horizon for Skoda
26 January 2016
SKODA has teased a “big” reveal on its Czech Republic Facebook page that is
likely to be the long-anticipated large SUV that it will share with sister
The car-maker has revealed very little at this early stage, apart from an image
of a garage door emblazoned with the Skoda logo, and the caption “Bude to velke
a bude to brzy” which translates from Czech to English as “In this garage is
planning something big. Can you guess what it might be?”
It is believed that the forthcoming SUV will be offered in five- and seven-seat
guise and will be built on Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture that underpins
the Passat and Superb, as well as the upcoming second-generation Tiguan.
Skoda is yet to reveal a concept version of the SUV, but it could be
mechanically related to a production version of Volkswagen's CrossBlue
seven-seat concept that made its debut at the 2013 Detroit motor show.
Alternatively there is a chance it could be the twin under the skin to the
seven-seat VW Tiguan that is set for a reveal later this year.
Some early reports had speculated that Skoda's first large SUV would come with
the Snowman moniker, while more recent reports have suggested the Kodiak
nameplate, although Skoda is yet to announce what name it will take.
Whatever it is called, the new model will sit above the compact Yeti in Skoda's
line-up and couls be pitched against mainstream offerings such as Nissan's
X-trail, the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 among others when it eventually arrives
in Australian showrooms.
While timing is still uncertain for Down Under, Skoda Australia director
Michael Irmer told GoAuto in July that the Czech brand was planning the model's
“We are currently working on the business plan to bring it here, that means
line-up, engines, mixes, pricing and all the rest of it,” he said. “I would not
go so far to make a statement definitely confirming before I have it all signed
off, but it's pretty safe, let's put it that way.”
Skoda had a strong year in Australia last year, achieving record sales of 4750
units, a 23.3 per cent leap over its 2014 result.
While the Octavia mid-sizer was easily its best-seller with 2128 sales, the
new-gen Fabia also lifted by 38.6 per cent to 618 units, while the Yeti dropped
by 2.8 per cent for 855 sales.