A sporty SUV and sleek four-door saloon are in Skoda's development pipeline, due to launch after the next-gen Fabia
27 December 2013

Skoda is poised to expand its range with a sporty SUV in the style of the Range Rover Evoque and a swoopy Volkswagen CC-style four-door saloon version of the Octavia. Few details are known, but Skoda boss Winfried Vahland confirmed that both models were in development. 

On the sporty SUV, design chief Josef Kaban said: “It is being designed and will do something different from the norm, like the Yeti did. But it won’t be too faddish. It will be a more expensive car, so it needs to still look good in a few years, as customers will probably keep them for a while.”

Before any news of these forthcoming Skoda models is launched, the firm will replace its staple supermini, the Fabia. The replacement is likely to be previewed at the Paris motor show next October before going on sale in 2015, according to Vahland.

“The next-generation Fabia will be far more youthful and have styling cues from the current S2000 rally car — much lower, much more squat and emotional in its look,” said Vahland. “It will be the first VW Group supermini to utilise the NVQ [Skoda’s internal name for MQB] small car platform.

“Although we are keen not to alienate our older clientele, who traditionally buy Fabia, the next generation will major on features like connectivity to give it a more youthful appeal.”

It is understood the Fabia's width will grow some 50mm, but it will remain no more than 4 metres in length. An estate version is tipped to remain part of the range, and will have a fractionally larger boot.

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27 December 2013
Skoda sold (shed) loads of the Yeti because it offered a level of practicality the competition had overlooked in the rush for glamour. I hope they don't forget this. Seven seat Yeti with a 33.3% split on the second row of seats please.

27 December 2013
Wouldn't both of these cars make more sense as Seats?

27 December 2013
tuga wrote:
Wouldn't both of these cars make more sense as Seats?
Couldn't agree more.

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

27 December 2013
Exactly, why change Skoda's winning brand strategy by making them overpriced, less upmarket, less desirable VWs? These two models would be the ideal models to develop SEAT's brand image and increase sales for the brand. I don't understand the VW group's logic. I don't understand why VW are risking loosing market share to Skoda. I don't understand why VW needed to go premium and why Skoda are going down the same route instead of adopting VW's traditional brand strategy. Will SEAT then adopt the traditional brand strategy Skoda once had? I hope SEAT can recover soon enough to be able to develop similar products because i'd love the idea of owning an edgy and curvy SEAT 4 door coupe.

28 December 2013
tuga wrote:
Wouldn't both of these cars make more sense as Seats?
Is it fair to say VAG's current strategy is: SKODA: customers who have a brain but no heart; SEAT: customers who have heart but no brain; VW: customers who have both brain and heart; AUDI: customers who've neither.

TBC

27 December 2013
From my perspective, Skoda are being rewarded for their market performance over the last 5 years. The question to ask is, what will happen to SEAT in the next 10 years; I fear they may be nothing more than a memory.........

28 December 2013
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28 December 2013
I read in the Autocar which dates back a few months that Skoda will not use the New MQB or NVQ platform for the next Fabia. This was reported by Winfred Vahland So have they changed their minds? Or maybe your report was incorrect. Skoda need to be careful with their pricing

28 December 2013
I've said it before, but VAG expects SEAT to perform miracles without giving them any exciting new models to do so. The fabulous new Leon is an essential model in the range but where are models similar to those mentioned in this article? Given SEAT is 100% VW owned, its stange they dont realise any failing of SEAT is a failing of VW. So let me guess, the next few years will see endless new models for VW, Audi and Skoda, a few clones for SEAT and then we'll read articles as to how SEAT is underperforming compared to its VAG stablemates. Of course they blo*dy will be! VW dont treat SEAT the same way Fiat is treating Lancia (and Alfa) at the moment. Fools!

28 December 2013
VAG has said they are developing a new low-cost brand to complete with Dacia and the like. Could the end goal be to allow SEAT to shutter (due to failing sales), and replace it with this new brand? That way they have manufactuing capacity all ready to go to start producing new inexpensive cars. Right now you have VW, Skoda, and SEAT all fighting each other for sales. Eliminate one, focus on the other two, and create a third non-competing brand. Food for thought.

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