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Skoda has announced plans to build a bigger SUV that would compete with the seven-seat Hyundai Santa Fe from 2015.

According to a report from Auto Express, the VW-owned Czech carmaker is developing a bigger SUV than the Yeti and plans to launch it in 2015. The new SUV would have 5 and 7-seat versions.

“This needs to be a car that can sell 100,000 around the world, and the biggest demand for this type of car comes from China. The Chinese love the Yeti and they love bigger SUVs, which is where we need to go,” Skoda’s Chairman Winfried Vahland told Auto Express.

The new SUV will be sold with three rows of seats due to demand for 7-seat vehicles from other markets, especially Russia. Skoda will be trying to emulate the success of the Hyundai Santa Fe, which is available in five and seven-seat versions.

The big Skoda won’t feature the Yeti name, as it was originally planned. “We have big plans globally for the Yeti. We already make a stretched version of the Yeti in China and have started to build it in Russia, too. The Yeti needs to be a car we can sell 200,000 of each year,” Vahland said.