Rivals to the Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan Juke, plus an SUV coupé and a new Yeti are all on the way

Skoda is planning a family of SUVs that could extend to as many as four models, each with a set of design and convenience features to distinguish them from the company’s hatchbacks.

The production version of the VisionS concept will be unveiled at the Paris motor show in September, badged as the Kodiaq. It will go on sale in the UK in late March next year, and has already triggered a record 4500 expressions of interest from potential UK buyers.

It will be followed by a renewed version of the popular Yeti compact crossover, which will be unveiled late next year or in early 2018.

The Kodiaq will be joined by a five-door coupé version inspired by the raked-roof styling of the BMW X6 and X4, although it is not yet definite that this model will go on sale in Europe. It has been asked for and funded by Skoda China, where the model will be seen first, but it is also under evaluation for sale in Europe.

Also under assessment for sale in Europe is a small SUV that’s conceptually similar to the Nissan Juke. This model is under development primarily for China, where it should appear within two years. Assuming it gets the European go-ahead, it would go on sale here some months later.

With these and the renewed Yeti, Skoda will offer a broad SUV range despite the deletion of the slow-selling Roomster. These models will feature design and style elements intended to reinforce their more robust crossover character, as illustrated by the VisionS.

These elements include a double-bar grille of more vertical orientation, a smaller set of extra lights below the main headlight cluster, squared-off wheel arches, shallower side windows, a slight clamshell effect to the bonnet and a raised ride height.

The interior will deliver the exceptional space that is a Skoda trademark, together with scope to create a personal space around each seat with connectivity features, as well as convenience items that fit with the company’s ‘Simply Clever’ mantra. 

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24 April 2016
WOW Just what we need [NOT] a Yeti to rival the Nissan Puke!
I really despair the direction the motor industry has gone,but we are to blame in buying all these crappy SUV's and such.

Madmac

24 April 2016
Agreed. Deeply depressing. More SUVs is not what the world needs. Our children will curse us for our stupidity.

24 April 2016
We will see a huge competition for SUV segment in near future which is good sign for auto industry.
UK car lovers eagerly waiting for the new version of YETI,which will be coming late next year or in early 2018.

24 April 2016
As a long term owner on my 3rd Skoda I won't be buying again. Still waiting to know what they are going to do to fix the car. Only information is a further copy of the letter they first sent out months ago. Dismal customer service both from their own customer service centre and local dealer. They clearly do not care about their customers. How different from how it was 15 years ago

24 April 2016
As a long term owner on my 3rd Skoda I won't be buying again. Still waiting to know what they are going to do to fix the car. Only information is a further copy of the letter they first sent out months ago. Dismal customer service both from their own customer service centre and local dealer. They clearly do not care about their customers. How different from how it was 15 years ago

24 April 2016
Don't be so 'down' on Skoda because of dieselgate - Skoda UK is probably waiting on VAG Germany to tell them what the next move is.
Refusing to buy another, having been a long term satisfied customer, is a touch of 'cutting off one's nose to spite one's face'.

Dolphinman

24 April 2016
Not really. My comments about Skoda's customer service predate these problems and their pricing policies are strange. If you purchase a superb the cost difference between the 150 ps engine and the 190 ps engine is £2200 and yet if you buy a Passat the price difference is £1350. Skoda could not give a reason for this other than marketing costs- really I think not

With previous problems they have been equally unhelpful and when there are equally good cars at the same price with manufacturers who care about customer service it is a simple choice to make. I believe they have lost their way and as the price of their cars continues to creep up they will lose more of their loyal customer base

24 April 2016
They've slowly been moving upmarket over the years. VW group are gonna have problems positioning their brands soon. They (Skoda) seem to be above Seat now.

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