Skoda’s long rumoured big SUV will be ready to go on sale by Christmas 2016, Auto Express understands. Senior Skoda sources have told us that the car is on schedule and will have a key role to play in the company’s bid to achieve 1.5 million global sales by 2018. Our exclusive image shows how the car could look.
Although production has not yet been signed off, we’ve been told it is “very close, if not yet finalised”. It will be available with both five or seven seats, and priced to compete with the likes of the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe, which start from £24,995 and £27,800 respectively.
It will be a true off-roader too, with capability that insiders insist will match that of a Land Rover.
Skoda hopes to achieve its ambitious sales targets by increasing its market share in every area of the world it competes in – and with the SUV sector booming, the A Plus SUV, as it is known internally, will be key to this plan.
The design of the car is believed to incorporate elements of existing models, including the Yeti, blended with cues from the forthcoming Superb.
Skoda’s sales have been on a constant upward trajectory in recent years, and reached 522,500 in the first half of this year – the first time it had exceeded half a million in a six-month period. And the company believes that the new SUV can replicate the success of the Yeti, which has been a huge hit in showrooms.
The new model is likely to borrow tech from sister cars in the VW Group, which has some pedigree with big off-roaders such as the VW Touareg. It forms part of a concerted assault on showrooms from Skoda, as it plans to launch a new or heavily revised model every six months in a bid to reach its sales target.
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