Skoda is reportedly developing a large SUV, and European spy shots suggest it will be a seven-seat model with the body of a stretched version of the popular Yeti model.
Senior Skoda sources have been quoted as saying the new SUV will be ready towards the end of 2016.
With the SUV segement of the market one of the fastest-growing through much of the world, the new model is expected to play a key role in Skoda's bid to achieve 1.5 million global sales by 2018.
The new car is expected to be available with a choice of five or seven seats, and will compete with vehicles such as the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.
Britain's Auto Express magazine says the new model will be a true off-roader with capability to match Land Rover.
The new model is certain to use technology from sister cars in Skoda's parent company Volkswagon Group range, including the Volkswagon Toureg.