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Skoda working on new SUV

The same factory will make the small-car trio of the Up, Citigo and Seat Mii. (Pic: Skoda Yeti)

Skoda this week confirmed it was “working hard" on the new SUV that is bigger than its current Yeti but smaller than a Volkswagen Touareg or Audi Q5.

“We will make the final decision next year," says Skoda chairman Winfried Vahland. “We have to wait for the Euro-6 emission rules because that will affect the engines, transmissions and so on.

“But the SUV will be bigger than our Yeti - probably about a Q5 size.’’ Asked if t would be a seven-seater, he says that decision had not ben made.

“Do you think we need a seven seater? If so, then we wil see. The SUV will be bigger inside than our rivals so I think seven seats is possible.’’

Skoda, part of the Volkswagen Group, is likely to share the Touareg and Audi Q5 platform and engines.

Touareg, Audi’s Q5 and Q7, the Porsche Cayenne and upcoming SUVs from Bentely and Lamborghini are - and will - all off the same platform and built at Volkswagen’s factory in Slovakia. The same factory will make the small-car trio of the Up, Citigo and Seat Mii.