According to the rumor mill, Skoda, Seat, Audi and VW will all spawn a compact roadster based on the Bluesport conceptEnlarge Photo
One model confirmed for production is a wagon based on the Superb flagship but according to latest reports Skoda will also launch a compact, mid-engined roadster based on the VW Bluesport concept car from January’s Detroit Auto Show.
Skoda’s traditional strength has been its affordable image but in more recent years, thanks to the infusion of design and engineering from VW, the company has grown to match the quality of the likes of Honda, Volvo and even its German parent. A sporty and affordable roadster built along the lines of the Bluesport could finally help cement Skoda’s placing among these rivals.
This computer generated rendering gives us a possible look for the new roadster model, revealing trademark Skoda features such as the descending character line on the flanks, sweeping headlights, and a horizontal bar grille. If given the green light, the car likely wouldn’t appear until after 2011. To speed up development, powertrain options would likely include current VW Group TSI and TDI four-cylinder engines mated with manual or DSG dual-clutch transmissions.