Skoda contemplates new line of SUVs


Skoda Yeti

Skoda's striking VisionC concept was arguably the headline-grabber at this year's Geneva motor show but undoubtedly one the most successful models on the stand was the ever-popular Yeti Crossover.
> The vehicle itself is almost five years old now but the Czech firm has revealed little about replacing the model in recent years.

"We will definitely be seeing new Yeti revealed to the world in the near future," revealed Alasdair Stewart, brand director at Skoda UK during a private interview, away from the hustle and bustle of the Geneva motor show.

"The SUV market is a sector that we are most definitely looking to expand so things like seven-seater Yeti have been discussed for future projects. Our future in the SUV market is an important one and we will need to strengthen our position with new products, be it larger or smaller than the current Yeti," he added.

Skoda VisionC

The small, affordable SUV market is a fiercely contested arena and the amount of jacked-up city cars on display at this year's Geneva show is testament to how well they continue to sell.

Vauxhall flaunted the latest Mokka, Volkswagen unveiled the rugged T-ROC concept, Mitsubishi's stand was packed with futuristic SUV concepts and even Jeep unveiled a 'city-friendly' off-road model in the form of the new Renegade.

But those holding out for an extra spicy VRS version of Skoda's best selling SUV may have to wait a while as Stewart revealed that there are no immediate plans to put a feisty engine under the bonnet of the Yeti any time soon.

"There's no doubt the UK loves the VRS designation – around 30 per cent of new Octavias are VRS models – but it's likely we will keep the badge for saloon cars and hatches. Customers wanting a sportier look will have to stick with the Monte Carlo edition," he said.