The Skoda "Snowman" seven-seat SUV has been spied for the first time ahead of next year’s already confirmed launch.

The Skoda "Snowman" seven-seat SUV has been spied for the first time ahead of next year's already confirmed launch.

It looks like a stretched Yeti because this is a chassis testing mule so it doesn't have the production body yet, indicating that Skoda has only recently started testing the larger SUV which is believed to adopt the "Snowman" moniker. It will ride on an adaptation of the MQB platform and should be about 4.6 meters long which would make it substantially longer than the Yeti (4.22 meters) compact crossover.

The Snowman will be offered with a five-seat layout but at an additional cost the client will be able to add two extra rear seats which will probably be suitable only for kids & teenagers. A front-wheel drive layout is going to come standard while AWD will cost extra and will likely be offered only with the beefier engines.

Skoda will assemble the Snowman at their Kvasiny factory in Czech Republic where they also put together the Roomster, Yeti and Superb. Scheduled to go on sale towards the end of 2016, the new high-riding model from VW-owned Skoda will allegedly provide "lots of off-road capability" along with a great towing capacity.

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Possible Skoda Snowman chassis testing mule spied for the first time