“We are already working on the car,” said Christian Strube, Skoda’s technical development chief.
The small SUV is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 architecture, which will also underpin the next Fabia and VW Polo. Although different in concept and execution, the new SUV should, in effect, fill the space vacated by the slowselling Roomster, which will not be replaced.
Details of the small SUV are scarce, but with the Yeti increasing in size to become a fully fledged rival to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, this frees up space for a fun and funky SUV to take on models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur.
The platform provides for both front and four-wheel drive, but no decision has been made yet about the availability of all-wheel-drive models. Engines will most likely be small-capacity turbo petrol and diesel engines, with any electrified versions some years down the track.