Skoda preparing a T-Roc rival?
Skoda is reportedly working on an SUV smaller than the Karoq to rival the likes of VW T-Roc and Nissan Juke.
It will use the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform and be the largest vehicle in its segment, offering more interior space than the T-Roc, which sits one category up. Skoda likes to position its cars at the upper end of each segment, according to CEO Bernhard Maier, while remaining affordable.
The new small crossover will forego all-wheel drive to keep costs down, while power will likely come from a selection of VW-sourced three- and four-cylinder engines. Transmission will be of the dual-clutch automatic flavour for Kiwi-bound examples.
Expect the design to reflect Vision X Concept cues (pictured). That means more angular bodywork and sharper surfacing, aimed at a younger and more style-conscious target audience.
The new SUV should debut internationally before the end of next year, after the next-generation Rapid.
The next few years will be busy for Skoda, with the brand’s first electrified vehicle launching next year in the form of the Superb plug-in hybrid. Seven further electrified vehicles are due before 2020.