Skoda shrugs off past and gets aspirational with plans for two new SUVs
We all know the old jokes about Skodas. But the Czech firm has tried hard and has definitely managed to shake off the bad press and lingering brand image since VW bought it just over 10 years ago.
Not content with its swift transformation by automotive standards, Skoda has designs on two new premium SUVs to further elevate the brand.
With Skoda's expansionist plans, the two new 4x4s will be based on the next generation of the Czech firm's appealingly styled and ruggedly capable Yeti off-roader.
Expect a VW Tiguan-sized premium compact SUV to be here in 2015 with a gigantic seven-seat 4x4 to follow a year later. According to reports from CAR magazine, both new Skoda mud-pluggers will be available with the company's eco-lobbyist appeasing Greenline thinking – another cringing eco moniker to remember – so most vehicles will be ordered in just two-wheel drive spec, although there will be a full-fat four-wheel drive version available.
You can be assured that both 4x4s will be innovative too due to Skoda's current position in charge of designing all low-cost, efficient powertrains for the VW group.
Not content with diversifying one model range though, Skoda also has plans for two new MPVs to add to its line-up.
The Mlada Boleslav based firm is intending to kill off its transparently named Roomster, replacing it with two MPVs along similar lines to its SUV plans sizing wise.
There'll be a VW Touran-sized bus for those who need a modicum of space and a ridiculously oversized Sharan XXL-type rival for those needing to cart kids, luggage and the kitchen sink – maybe they'll have to call it the Roomster squared given its potentially cavernous interior?
Expect the Touran-sized Roomster to hit UK shores in 2014 with the super-sized MPV joining the party in 2016.
As is typical with all VW group companies, the latest offerings from Skoda will be based on vee-dub underpinnings, so expect Touran and Sharan-based running gear underneath to go with Skoda's more rough and ready styling compared to its VW cousins.