Hot News: Skoda Joyster Will be Based-On VW Scirocco

From Yeti to sporty, Skoda is expanding again! Auto Express has unearthed plans for the firm to produce a three-door Scirocco-rivalling coupé called the Joyster.

The Golf-based newcomer will provide a low-cost alternative to Volkswagen’s sporty coupĂ©, and could be coming sooner than you think. An insider confirmed the Joyster name, along with an expected launch towards the end of this year, and our images reveal how the new car could look.

Many of the design cues are from the original Joyster concept (right), which debuted at 2006’s Paris Motor Show – although this car was supermini-sized. These touches include blacked-out A-pillars, giving the illusion of a large, wraparound windscreen.

The Joyster’s sporty profile is reminiscent of its Scirocco cousin, and the rising waistline and sharply angled C-pillars complete a stylish design. At the rear, bold tail-lights run the width of the bootlid. Skoda’s design has evolved since the concept debuted, and the new car will get an updated family face to allow it to fit into the range.

That means the headlamps are now more shapely and a set of LED daytime running lights has been incorporated into the grille. Expect the engine line-up to mimic the Scirocco’s – so it will include 1.4-litre petrol turbos in 121bhp and 158bhp guises.

The diesel range will consist of 2.0-litre TDIs putting out 138bhp and 168bhp. Gearbox options will be either a six-speed manual or a seven-ratio DSG. A vRS model, similar to the car seen here, could follow in 2012, powered by a 2.0-litre petrol turbo. This is likely to deliver around 210bhp, and be able to cover 0-62mph in six seconds and go on to 155mph.

When it hits the road later this year, the Joyster will cost around £16,000 – undercutting the Scirocco by £3,000. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express


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