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Skoda SUV product expansion plan leaked

By WhichCar Staff, 22 Mar 2017 Car News

Skoda SUV product expansion

Leaked images reveal Skoda plans to launch new SUV models

Skoda’s plans to dramatically expand its SUV line-up has been laid bare by a leaked image out of China, where Skoda expects to eventually offer four distinct SUV models.

According to photograph of a slide presentation that was posted to CarNewsChina.com, Skoda will add three new SUVs in the Chinese market in addition to its already-revealed Kodiaq large seven-seater.

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The image shows the Kodiaq lined up next to three silhouettes, two of them labelled cryptically as “Model K” and “Model Q”. The third is unambiguously titled “Kodiaq Coupe”, a model which was confirmed by the Czech brand at last year’s Paris Motor Show as a Chinese exclusive – though a global roll-out is possible.

The Model Q is expected to refer to the next-generation Yeti, which will grow in size to put it squarely into the mid-size SUV segment. Meanwhile the Model K silhouette represents what is likely to be a whole new sub-Yeti model, giving Skoda an entrant in the steadily growing compact/small SUV market.

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As for the coupe version of the Kodiaq, details are sketchy but we’re expecting to see a sportier, fastback-styled five-seater version of the large SUV, similar in concept – if not size - to the recently-launched Toyota C-HR.

The Skoda Kodiaq is due to arrive in Australia later this year, offering front and all-wheel drive options and using parent company Volkswagen Group’s modular engine platform with five engine choices.

Meanwhile the new Skoda Yeti is due to be revealed in late 2017.