Skoda’s upcoming crossover has been confirmed to be available in two seating configurations: 5-seat and 7-seat, says a report from CarAdvice.
The mid-size crossover, rumoured to be named Skoda Snowman or Skoda Polar, will be unveiled and go on sale in Europe next year. It will rival with the Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai Santa Fe.
“The international launch will be next year, and because of homologation we have six to eight months lead time for us to bring the car to Australia. So we’ll see it in the first half of 2017,” Michael Irmer, Director of Skoda Australia, told the publication.
Six to eight months lead time for Australia indicates that the European market launch is likely to commence in H2 2016. And thus, its official debut can be expected to happen months earlier, say at 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, or a quick rollout after its unveil at the Paris Motor Show.
Mr. Irmer also expressed the brand’s seriousness about growing in the crossover/SUV segment. “We are working on the extension of the SUV range”, he said.
While expectations are that the upcoming large vehicle will be a crossover, Mr. Irmer firmly suggests that it “will be a genuine SUV”. He also confirmed that the second generation Yeti will be unveiled after the new crossover, putting its debut date likely at fall 2017.