Skoda Vision X: Hang on, so we are getting a new Yeti after all?

New 2019 compact crossover to be previewed at the Geneva motor show

 

Having just this month launched in Ireland the new Karoq SUV, and pointing out how it’s a more conventional-looking, more broadly-appealing replacement for the slow-selling old Yeti, Skoda has just shown off pictures of what looks suspiciously like a new Yeti.

This is the Vision X, a concept car that’s all-but identical to production reality, and which will slot in underneath the Karoq and Kodiaq in Skoda’s SUV range. It sure as heck looks a lot like a Yeti, with that upright grille and split lights. It probably won’t be called Yeti, though. Skoda looks set to keep its begins-with-K-ends-with-Q naming system, and the best suggestion we’ve seen so far is the Skoda Knapsaq. Perhaps not…

It’ll platform share the MQB-AO chassis with the Seat Arona and the slightly larger Volkswagen T-Roc, and use the same mixture of 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol engines, and 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI diesels, with a plugin hybrid likely to be added to the mix soon after launch. There will also be a pure-electric version too, to compete with Hyundai’s all-electric Kona, and to fulfil Skoda’s promise that by 2025, one quarter of the cars it sells will be either pure-electric or plugin hybrid.

The interior of the Vision X also previews a new cabin layout and setup for Skoda, with a dominant big-screen infotainment system standing free in the middle of the dash, and a stripped-back, more minimalist design around it.

On the outside, once again, Skoda says that the angular, faceted design is meant to be reminiscent of high-quality Czech crystal glasswork. Should sell well in Waterford, so…

We’ll find out more details about the Vision X, and any Yeti-like names it might be granted, when it’s shown in Geneva at the beginning of March.