The Karoq and Kodiaq will eventually get a baby brother.
It’s a known fact Skoda’s crossover expansion will continue in the years to come, following last year’s launch of the midsize Kodiaq and the recent introduction of the Yeti-replacing Karoq compact model. With more and more automakers hopping on the subcompact CUV bandwagon, the Czech company is working on its own B-segment offering to join recent entries in the segment, such as the Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic, and the SEAT Arona.
Speaking of the Arona, Skoda’s new crossover will have a lot in common with its cousin from Spain as it will utilize the same MQB A0 platform. The hardware will also be put to good use in the next-generation Fabia supermini, which might have been spied earlier this week disguised as an Ibiza-bodied test mule, unless that was the new Rapid.
Skoda’s smallest crossover will essentially be a crossover version of the Fabia with a design expected to take after the aforementioned Karoq and Kodiaq. Reports are indicating it might receive the “Polar” moniker, though we won’t be too surprised if the company will stick with its formula of using a word that starts with “K.”
Elsewhere in the lineup, a Kodiaq “Coupe” is likely on the agenda as well with a swoopy roofline in the same vein as the fully electric Vision E concept shown earlier this year and about to be updated for next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. An array of EVs is also in the works and it goes without saying some of them will be crossovers since the body style continues to grow in popularity across all segments.
Aside from adding new models, Skoda is also killing existing nameplates as the entry-level Citigo (only sold in Europe) won’t live to see another generation due to a lack of demand. It also remains to be seen whether the Rapid successor will once again be offered in two separate versions, the regular one and the Spaceback, as some are saying one of them will get the axe.