Skoda promises its new MPV will offer buyers more space than its rivals when it arrives in autumn 2006.
Called the Roomster, the car will be priced to compete with the likes of the Renault Modus and Vauxhall Meriva yet is said to offer similar cabin space to the Renault Scenic.
Based on the concept of the same name, first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003, the production Roomster has space for five. Although the rear seats tumble forward, they will not fold into the floor like those in the Meriva. Instead they must be removed to maximise luggage space, although Skoda promises the seats are light enough to make this easy.
The concept car’ sliding side-door will not make it into production and will be replaced with conventional hinged doors. However, Skoda insiders have told Whatcar.com to expect clever touches such as a roof-mounted storage system, similar to that available on the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, and an integral fold-out bicycle rack like that shown on the Yeti concept car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
There is no firm word on price, but we would expect the range to start from around £10,000.
An all-new Fabia supermini will sit below the mini-MPV in Skoda’ line-up, taking many styling queues from both the Roomster and the Yeti. It should arrive in showrooms towards the end of 2007.
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