The Czech based automaker Skoda is planning to develop a direct rival for the popular Dacia Duster SUV, which might be named the Polar.
The Volkswagen Taigun, which was officially presented to the public during the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show, might be the basis of the upcoming Skoda Polar, which will most likely enter the company’s lineup below the next-gen Yeti, which will grow in size. If the Taigun will hit the market, then it’s expected to be slotted below the Polar, as a rival for the Nissan Juke and Opel Mokka. The Polar name was recently trademarked by Skoda and because its other crossover is known as the Yeti, this name is expected to be used by the future rival of the Dacia Duster.
The Skoda Polar will probably be produced on the new MBQ modular platform, the same one used by the Volkswagen Group on some of its models, like the new-gen VW Golf, the 2013 Audi A3 or the brand new Seat Leon. Rumors are saying that the Skoda Polar will be around 4.1 meters long and besides the FWD versions, an all-wheel drive variant will also be planned. Additional details on the Skoda Polar are limited for the moment and will probably be announced sometimes next year.