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Vision S is new Skoda SUV concept

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The rumours about a new Skoda SUV are over, with a concept to be revealed in Geneva next month.

Skoda is currently one of the few major manufacturers without a large SUV in its line-up, an oversight the industry has been waiting for the brand to rectify. Finally it seems that there is a Skoda SUV being readied for production, as the company has released sketches of a seven seater SUV concept set to be displayed at next month's Geneva Motor Show.

While the concept is called the Vision S, industry rumour suggests the production version, due by the end of this year or early next, will wear the name 'Kodiak', for which Skoda has applied for an official trademark. Skoda is planning an SUV family of which this is to be the largest. Its major rivals include the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Kia Sorento and the [Hyundai Santa Fe](http://www.raccars.co.uk/used-hyundai/Santa Fe/). But with prices expected to start from about £25,000, the Skoda will be under-cutting the competition.

Affordable luxury from Skoda

A Yeti-esque test mule has been spotted out testing but the Vision S is a sleeker and more athletic looking machine. Skoda has appropriated the VW MQB platform for this venture and the end product will be closely related to the forthcoming Volkswagen CrossBlue, itself due on the market by the end of the year. Like the new Superb, the new Skoda SUV will be upmarket in finish, despite its distinctly middle market price tag. Skoda has been working hard on refining a brand ethos of affordable luxury, which the SUV is expected to showcase.

Skoda SUV is superb

Style-wise you can see that the Vision S is related to the latest Superb, with slim headlamps and a pronounced front grille. A clamshell bonnet and a prominent crease under the rear tailgate are slightly reminiscent of the BMW X5 - not a bad role model for any SUV to follow. The roof line features a very modern slope towards the rear and Skoda has even hinted that a coupe version could follow, in the style of the BMW X6.

At 4.7 metres in length, Skoda's SUV will be a little larger than a Nissan X-Trail. The five seat version will be standard but a seven seater can be created with the option of a pair of boot seats. The second row seats feature a 60:40 split fold and, usefully, can slide back and forth about 17cm to optimise the division of rear passenger space as necessary.

Tried and tested VW engines

A selection of proven VW engines will reside under the bonnet, likely to include a 1.4 litre petrol turbo entry level unit. However Skoda expects the bulk of sales to be diesel, in the form of 1.6 and 2.0 litre units tuned to a variety of outputs. The Passat's twin turbo 237bhp unit should be one of these.

The SUV will be available with front or four wheel drive and with six speed manual and dual clutch seven speed automatic transmissions. Skoda has yet to confirm the presence of a hybrid powertrain in the line-up but as the firm has access to the VW Tiguan GTE's set up, it's a distinct possibility for the near future. Skoda is, however, concerned about putting its badge to a price tag that could conceivably reach £50,000, by the time you reach higher trim levels. Expect hot Sportline and rugged Scout variations on the theme too.

The Skoda SUV family will continue to take shape with an updated Yeti in 2018, demonstrating refined styling to reflect a distinct design language emerging within the Skoda SUV product family.

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