Skoda is planning a brace of crossovers due in showrooms in 2014 and 2016. First up is a bigger SUV primarily based on VW’s Tiguan, whereas the second automotive is a follow-up to the profitable Skoda Yeti.

And in the event you assume the Yeti’s a terrific automotive with a foolish title, wait till you clock the title for the brand new, greater Skoda crossover…

Skoda Snowman: the lowdown on Skoda’s new 4×4

The follow-up the VW Tiguan is because of come on stream in 2014 – in three totally different varieties: customary wheelbase, prolonged wheelbase and four-door coupe. If our informant is correct, Skoda will derive its up-market crossover from the LWB version. The brand new SUV, which is already a part of the superior MQB-A matrix, might turn out to be a part of the Octavia household.

Snowman is among the names one hears when strolling by means of the corridors of the Mlada Boleslav HQ, Grand Yeti is one other chance. Because of the longer wheelbase and an extended rear overhang, the Skoda 4×4 offspring ought to provide distinct packaging advantages that match the Merely Intelligent motto of the model.

Designed by Josef Kaban and his crew, the brand new Skoda Snowman crossover is claimed to function the trademark entrance finish full with waterfall grille and 4 quasi-round headlamps, a fastback aspect view together with a better roofline, and a muscular rear finish with a deep tailgate and C-shaped gentle graphics. Inside, we’re prone to discover a trend-setting mixture of folding, sliding, tumbling and swivelling second-row seats.

And the brand new Skoda Yeti?

The present Yeti is a comparatively low-cost cocktail of Polo Mk4 and Golf Mk5 {hardware} parts. Although it makes use of a one-off platform, the favored soft-roader contributes its fair proportion to the company backside line. The manufacturing output in China, some 150,000 models a 12 months, will likely be additional elevated as soon as Yeti II and Snowman turn out to be accessible.

The smaller crossover will in 2016 change to MQB-AO, a brand-new structure underneath improvement for the sixth-generation VW Polo. The modular format is lighter, stiffer and extra environment friendly in addition to about 20% cheaper to construct.

The Yeti’s distinctive design gained’t change dramatically, however it appears secure to anticipate a extra grown-up car with a wider monitor, a barely longer wheelbase and a extra fashionable look. Additionally within the works are improved engines (1.4 TSI with 150bhp and a 2.0 TDI boasting 177bhp), further driver help methods and an prolonged Greenline vary.

Skoda: 4x4s forward of MPVs

For some time, the Czech product planners have been hoping that their price range would stretch to a second SUV and to a second MPV. Nicely, that is not the case.

In view of the brand new low-cost engine programme to be dealt with by Skoda and in consideration of the enlargement plans for China and India, one of many two proposals needed to be placed on the again burner. Predictably, it was the full-size Sharan Mk3-based minivan that fell by means of the grid.

The Roomster will likely be changed in accordance with plan in 2013 by a much less quirky wanting individuals mover twinned with the next-generation VW Touran. But when a second minivan does materialise, it gained´t be out earlier than 2017 on the earliest.

And as an alternative of making a Sharan sibling that may steal gross sales from the extra worthwhile VW sister mannequin, Skoda might find yourself constructing a model of the Caddy XL. A Skoda-based T6 Microbus can also be excessive up on the want record, however once more controlling and the model safety division are prone to intervene.


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