Skoda To Launch Octavia CC And A New Crossover In 2014

It is all about expansion these days and reaching out to those segments where were earlier untouched. With all the car manufacturers gradually moving trying their luck in unfamiliar segments, it would not be surprising to hear that Skoda also wants to do the same.

Skoda is determined to expand its global model range and is planning to add three new models in the coming year. First up is the next generation Skoda Fabia which is due next year and following it would be two all new cars that have been confirmed to be under development by Skoda’s boss Winfried Vahland.

Skoda is all set to bring in a new Range Rover Evoque style crossover and a Volkswagen CC-style four door saloon version of the recently introduced Octavia. The Octavia CC saloon will have a sloped roofline and is likely to be more expensive than the regular version.

Talking about the upcoming crossover, design chief Josef Kaban says - “It is being designed and will do something different from the norm, like the Yeti did. But it won’t be too faddish. It will be a more expensive car, so it needs to still look good in a few years, as customers will probably keep them for a while.”

As mentioned above, before these two new cars are launched, Skoda will replace the outgoing Fabia with a next generation model. Expectations are that the new Fabia will be previewed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show which is scheduled for October. The car would then go on sale sometime in 2015, says Winfried Vahland.

“The next generation Fabia will be far more youthful and have styling cues from the current S2000 rally car — much lower, much more squat and emotional in its look,” states Vahland. “It will be the first VW Group super-mini to utilise the NVQ [which is the code name for MQB] small car platform.

“Although we are keen not to alienate our older clientele, who traditionally buy Fabia, the next generation will major on features like connectivity to give it a more youthful appeal.”

The next gen Fabia is believed to be around 50 mm longer and the estate model will have larger trunk, compared to their respective counterparts.

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