Skoda has issued a new teaser image for its upcoming SUV, which is expected to take the Kodiak name when it goes on sale early in 2017.
The teaser image of a garage door is accompanied by the promise that "something big" is behind it, lending credence to the rumours that the SUV isn't too far away from production. A concept previewing the new model is expected to take centre stage for the brand during the Geneva motor show in March.
Recent spy pictures have shown the SUV testing wearing modifed bodywork from the smaller Yeti, but our rendering shows how the SUV could look in production form. Spied at the Nürburgring, the test mule is longer and wider than the Yeti and the suspension is higher.
No official name for the SUV has been revealed, but German media reports that the Kodiak name has been chosen. Previously it was thought the new model could be dubbed Snowman, with Skoda having trademarked that name in 2013, but Skoda insiders have recently confirmed that name has not been adopted.
The SUV will feature cabin space that is on a par with that of the Superb, while its design will include a clamshell bonnet, slim rectangular headlights, LED daytime running lights and a horizontal crease below the window line.
The Skoda SUV will be a class up from the VW Tiguan, and insiders suggest it will measure around 4.6m in length. It will be offered with five-seat or seven-seat configurations and with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Diesel-electric hybrid technology will also be offered.