Official:Skoda SUV is on the way

Great to see that a value for money manufacturer is doing so well, so expect the Skoda SUV to be worth the money compared to it’s competitors

Half-year sales stand at 522, 500, so unless the world goes bang before then the VW Group’s pearl of the east is on course to break the one million sales barrier in 2014. They’re a canny lot, and they’re good at managing expectations, but kodas ambition goes well beyond even that milestone. TG.com can reveal that a full-size koda SUV is a whisker away from board approval, and could be on sale by the end of 2016.

Expect the traditional Škoda robustness and genuine off-road capability, as well as the choice of five or seven seats. Existing VW Group engines, including an entry-level 1.4-litre turbo, will be used, along with another remix of the clever MQB components matrix.

Škoda is targetting 1.5 million sales by 2018, and plans to free up its image so that it can add a smidgeon of emotion to its value for money proposition. Sources confirm that the company is investigating hybrids, but say that the current petrol and diesel powertrains are likely to remain the more affordable option for its customers for the forseeable future. Škoda drivers aren’t early adopters, it seems. Šhame.

Image courtesy of topgear.com

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