Over the next two or three years, the Czech automaker will replenish its portfolio of models with two new cars with high ground clearance in 2020.
Currently, the leadership of Skoda is discussing the feasibility of developing an "older brother" crossover Yeti. The car, which is supposed to be built on the MQB modular platform, can take on board up to seven people, including the driver. The range of engines of the novelty will be presented by powerful, but at the same time economical and environmentally friendly 4-cylinder power units of the VW Group concern. Customers of the Czech brand should not wait for the appearance of a hybrid installation in the power line of the model at first.
“We are ready to toughen environmental standards - our model range includes compact machines that are highly fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Some brands that make up the VW Group need to have hybrids or electric cars to reduce the average CO2 emissions of the entire product line. It is possible that in the future we will follow the example of the others, "said Frank Welch, head of Skoda's development department.
The company expects that the production of an all-terrain vehicle with a 5 + 2 landing formula will allow Skoda to expand its presence in the European market, which currently stands at 4%, and will help increase sales of the brand in the Celestial Empire from the current 250 thousand cars to 500 thousand German cars.
The premiere of the seven-seater "SUV" Skoda will be held in 2015 at the international motor show in Frankfurt.
Along with a large SUV, Skoda plans to bring to the market a compact crossover. The miniature SUV is likely to become the “turned” version of the Volkswagen Taigun. Designed on the basis of the Citycar Up! the car will be equipped exclusively with 3-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines and front-wheel drive.
“First of all, we need a large crossover, so today the company is focused on creating the“ older brother “Yeti. But this does not mean that there is no room for a compact SUV in the product line,” Welch said.