Skoda insiders confirm the manufacturer is plotting a rash of new vehicles, including a rival for the Hyundai Santa Fe and a sportier crossover
22 July 2014

Skoda is set to embark on a new model blitz in order to reach its target of selling 1.5 million cars per year by 2018.

Inside sources at the highest level have confirmed a rash of new models is on the way, including an all-new seven-seat SUV which is on the brink of being given the green light by senior management. When it does, it is set to go on sale at the end of 2016, priced to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe.

It’s understood that the new SUV will be built using VW Group MQB architecture and, like the current Yeti, will be available in front- or four-wheel drive form. A five-seat configuration will be standard and a third row of seats that can fold away into the boot floor will be an option. It will be powered by existing VW group petrol and diesel engines, with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine being the entry-level option.

Engineering sources have confirmed that four-wheel drive versions will have a "lots of off-road capability" with the expectation that it will be able to cope with quite testing conditions and have good towing credentials too.

The new model programme will start as early as this October, though, with the arrival of the all-new Skoda Fabia. The estate version, promising class-leading boot space for a supermini-derived wagon, will go on sale three months later.

Next year it’s also expected that we’ll see the arrival of the all-new Superb hatchback and estate. Again it will be build on MQB underpinnings and sources indicate that it will not be any longer than the current car. A significantly longer wheelbase and greater width will give both versions even more cabin and luggage space that the current offerings, though. The hatch version is also expected to drop the complex dual tailgate, in favour of a conventional fifth door.

The styling of the next-generation Superb is said to be heavily influenced by the recent Vision C concept, and so it will have crisper lines and the saloon will have a more coupé-like profile.

As before, the Superb will probably be offered in four-wheel drive form, although this third-generation model won’t have the option of V6 petrol or diesel engines. The range-topper is likely to be a 280bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol model.

Further out, Skoda bosses are mulling over a third SUV for the line-up which is likely to be a sportier crossover model, described by an insider as "a good-value BMW X4 or Range Rover Evoque". A baby Nissan Juke-rivalling car has been ruled out on the grounds that it can only be sold in Europe and can’t work in China.

Skoda bosses have also ruled out making niche models such as a sports car or coupé for the time being. It’s believed that the firm wants to get to 2018 targets only by operating in large established segments.

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22 July 2014

I hope it looks better than Autocar's rendition because that looks like a dog !!

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22 July 2014
optima wrote:

I hope it looks better than Autocar's rendition because that looks like a dog !!

Yes, I think they caught the 'artist' just when he/she was about to leave the office for the day..

22 July 2014

The new Fabia Estate should be interesting though, the current car has impressive space but doesn't work looks-wise.

Ditto the new Superb Estate. If they can improve on the ride comfort and the space it could be really impressive.

22 July 2014
EndlessWaves wrote:

Ditto the new Superb Estate. If they can improve on the ride comfort and the space it could be really impressive.

Improve on the space! If a Superb estate isn't big enough already, the customer either needs to be considering a van or going on a diet.

22 July 2014

There does seem to be an issue with Skoda's design output and the engineered results. Great sketch of the Fabia, but a fairly grim result. SEAT seems to fare much better with their new Leon being a pretty smart bit of kit, sadly let down by a low-rent interior.
Many is the slip, twixt cup and lip....

22 July 2014
Flyingscud wrote:

There does seem to be an issue with Skoda's design output and the engineered results. Great sketch of the Fabia, but a fairly grim result. ....

There is no official photo of the Fabia yet so I'm not sure how you've come to that conclusion??

22 July 2014
RSkoda wrote:
Flyingscud wrote:

There does seem to be an issue with Skoda's design output and the engineered results. Great sketch of the Fabia, but a fairly grim result. ....

There is no official photo of the Fabia yet so I'm not sure how you've come to that conclusion??

Having seen the recent photos of the Fabia with minimal disguise I thinks it's the only conclusion that could be reached. I'm sorry, but these pics confirm it to be 'fairly grim' as Flyingscud says, and bear little resemblence to the official sketch from Skoda.

22 July 2014

New Skoda Vision C looks interesting, so they wont build it.
The 7 Seater reminds me of something my niece made from Lego, when she was annoyed.
Are you sure these images come from Skoda. Do they have a new design team now. Where are they getting there inspiration from, cant be from there customers. Are they hoping to star in the next transformer movie and be the new Bumble Bee.

22 July 2014

The image looks a lot like a Touareg with a Skoda moustache grille plastered on.

22 July 2014

Well at least its a drawing and not a real car (yet). It would sit along side the Ford Scorpio of the 1990s for lack of style.

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