The crossover segment is growing very fast and automakers are trying all means to take advantage of this growth. One such automaker is Skoda, a Czech Republic based Volkswagen subsidiary. The automaker is currently showcasing their new CUV dubbed the Skoda VisionS Concept at Geneva Auto Show with a production model expected this fall.
The new Skoda VisionS Concept features a passive elegance and a crisp shape which Skoda claims is inspired by the Czech Cubism. The VisionS is meant to showcase the automaker’s new design language for its SUV segment. Though its lines are not explicitly flashy, the model still manages to put up a handsome appearance.
Skoda VisionS Concept Exterior
The VisionS is 185 inches long, 75 inches wide and stands at a height of 66 inches which makes it slightly smaller than the 2016 Chevy Equinox. The model introduces a new design language for future Skoda crossovers and SUVs. The exterior features a rugged twist of the Skoda’s sharp design language. It is based on the modular MQB platform which it shares with the new Tiguan, the 7th generation Golf and the Euro-spec Passat.
At the front, the CUV features the unique Skoda grille with an airdam down below. A horizontal splitter dominates the middle. Its thin headlights look sleek and a recessed. Fog lights are fitted below the headlights.
On the sides, its doors augur well with the body and there is a small touch panel on each door which is a new design meant to replace door handles on cars. There’s a sharp line running from the headlights through to the taillights. The vehicle also features lower body lines between the wheels similar to the VisionC concept. It also features a black trim around the wheel arches and also on its rocker panels and high belt line.
At the rear, the roofline slants sharply and cuts down headroom for rear passengers and goes on to hang over the rear hatch resulting in a spoiler-like look. Its taillights resemble those on the VisionC, however, Skoda has added reverse lights below the taillights to introduce a different look. There is also a reflector that runs along the middle position of the bumper and a large black insert below it which also surrounds the exhaust tips.
Pictures from 2016 Geneva Auto Show
Skoda VisionS Concept Interior
The Skoda VisionS will feature a seating capacity of 6 passengers who will be spread across three rows. According to the automaker, the cabin space is “democratic” meaning it offers plenty of head, leg and shoulder room for all passengers. Insider reports indicate that the production version will feature 7 seats rather than the 6 on the concept.
The automaker has also introduced new technology to the cabin. There are two, 16-inch displays which are mounted on the dashboard between the air vents. These screens enable access to instruments information (digital instruments cluster) and the vehicle’s multimedia system for the driver. The front passenger has access to the infotainment system. The center stack is also digitized and is accessed through one of the displays.
The seats are upholstered in premium leather and there will be a rear-seat entertainment system. The vehicle also features Smartphone-like gadgets on the armrests making the VisionS fairly technically advanced. Being a concept not much of interior styling is revealed at this moment so expect more from the production model.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood of the Vision S is the VW sourced 1.4 L TSI engine which is rated at 156 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It drives the front wheels. The engine is combined with two electric motors with the small electric motor providing 64 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque of additional power to the front wheels.
The second electric motor kicks in all-wheel drive by providing 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The power is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system. When combined, the setup produces 322 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Extra power is stored in the large lithium-ion battery pack located just before the rear axle.
The concept is rated to return 124 mpg in combined drives (European testing) in terms of fuel economy. The vehicle runs from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 124 mph.
We hope Skoda will feature this drive-train or something close in the production model.
The independent nature of the power-train setup means the drive-train doesn’t use mechanical coupling but a “smart-four-wheel drive” which is very flexible. The engine is offered with different driving modes which are; All-Electric Drive Mode, All-Wheel Drive Mode and Charging Mode.
Price, release date and competition
The Skoda VisionS concept is debuted on show at the 2016 Geneva auto show. A production model will be released later this year in the fall first in Europe. As for the price, Skoda is known to offer utilitarian models at a fair price and we believe the VisionS will go this way.
We believe it will undercut its rivals which include Land Rover Discovery Sport, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe and start at around £25,000 in Europe.