Czech automaker Skoda Auto, owned by Germany’s Volkswagen AG, has just stated on its Facebook account in a rather mysterious teaser about their plans for an all new model, most likely scheduled for premiere this March during the Geneva Motor Show.
Skoda has treated us to a garage door that is slightly opened – a gimmick that has been overused in the world of motoring, but let’s slide that under the rug – promising that behind the yet to be opened door sits “something big” and it even asks us to try and guess what is it. We’re betting our purse money on the new seven-seat sport utility vehicle that has been growing rather long in the tooth – the rumor mill calls for a “Kodiak” designation. Since we’re dealing with a VW subsidiary, the architecture underpinning Skoda’s model will be the rather controversial MQB – meaning we’re talking here about the Czech clone of the Tiguan compact crossover.
We have no idea yet of the design, but the SUV might be 187 inches (4.75 meters) long and chances are it will receive both five and seven-seat versions to accommodate a wide array of customers. By the way, the seven-seater will be very close to the Tiguan with seven seats, which has been confirmed for introduction this year and will be sold outside Europe. The Skoda SUV will borrow of course the usual wide array of engines from the family – we’re betting on a range of turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel mills, with front and all-wheel drive as transmission choices.