Skoda boss Winfried Vahland has told British magazine Autocar an SUV will be launched in 2016.

The new model is going to ride on Volkswagen's MQB platform and will be based on the production version of the CrossBlue concept which is due for a 2015 market release. The vehicle is expected to be about 4.6 meters long and will be offered with five and seven-seat configurations. In addition, customers will have the possibility to select from standard FWD and optional AWD.

Engine lineup will not go beyond a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter motor and is most likely to start at a 1.6-liter turbodiesel. One of the derivatives is programmed to receive a diesel electric hybrid arrangement and will likely be the most economical version of the range.

In related news, Skoda is also preparing another Yeti-sized crossover which will look more like an SUV.

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