Skoda VisionS Concept

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.