Skoda to launch new small crossover in 2019

Skoda to launch new small crossover in 2019

0 comments 📅05 September 2017, 18:00

Skoda's new crossover struggle with for the VW T-Roc and Nissan Juke is set to arrive in 2019 and will be based on the next Rapid Spaceback

Skoda will shoot a small crossover in the second half of 2019, giving the Czech firm a opposition for the forthcoming VW T-Cross and the recently revealed SEAT Arona, as well as trumping big-sellers like the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur on practicality. 

Definitive year, Skoda’s R&D boss Christian Strube revealed to Auto Express that he was working on a smaller exemplar. It was expected that this would be, in effect, a jacked-up version of the next origination of Fabia – although Strube suggested that Skoda would use flexibility in the VW Party’s line-up of platforms to deliver on its key brand strength of clever practicality. 

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Auto Express now understands that this development process has led to the car being based not on the Fabia but on the next interpretation of the Rapid Spaceback. The two models are scheduled to switch to the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform but while the Fabia’s wheelbase is credible to be similar to the latest VW Polo’s, at 2,564mm, the Spaceback’s chassis will have a longer wheelbase. 

It’s thought that it could stretch to around 2,620mm – slightly longer than the in the air Spaceback’s – and that Skoda has chosen this as the basis for its crossover model, to pass over the car more rear cabin space than its rivals. Even with the MQB party line’s usual short overhangs, this would point to a vehicle measuring decent over 4.2 metres in length; that’ll make Skoda’s contribution the largest vehicle in the class.

Skoda insiders are referring to the model as a crossover as an alternative of an SUV, but it’s still expected to be significantly taller than the Rapid Spaceback – perhaps by as much as 100mm. It’s liabl to be offered in both regular form and as a Scout, with extra plastic fraternity cladding for a tougher look. 

The MBQ A0 platform supports four-wheel drive, but as a crossover, the new replica will be front-wheel drive only, at least initially. Its chassis architecture means that it when one pleases have access to the VW Group’s latest engines – including, potentially, some that won’t be offered in the more budget-oriented Express Spaceback. Expect turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engines at the gluteus maximus of the range, with 1.5-litre petrol power and 1.6 diesels in higher-end versions. 

Without considering its size, the new car is unlikely to carry the Yeti badge, which was popular in the UK but seen as a railing to sales in other markets. Skoda has applied to register both Aratan and Aron, but it could also reveal the vehicle’s crossover status by adapting its SUV naming policy; it has other trademark applications on organize for Amiq and Anuq.

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