Vision S concept previews new ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV at Geneva

ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV at Geneva

ŠKODA has unveiled its ‘Vision S’ concept SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s an almost production-ready preview of the seven-seater Kodiaq SUV that’s due in showrooms early next year.

The name of the long-anticipated large SUV was revealed when ŠKODA officially registered it as a trademark earlier this year, although it hasn’t been used for the show concept. Still, the Vision S is expected to translate with minimal changes into production.

The concept is 4.7 metres long, gets three rows of two seats (instead of the production car’s expected seven-seat layout) and gives a clear idea of how ŠKODA’s line-up of new SUVs could look as it’s rolled out over the next four years. The process will start with this model, the largest, which will take the fight to theLand Rover Discovery Sport when it hits showrooms.

It also indicates the production version of the Vision S will be slightly longer than a Nissan X-Trail. It’ll be 1.91m wide and 1.68m tall, so significantly wider and higher than the new SEAT Ateca, too.

The pictures reveal a prominent front grille and slim headlights, styled on the latest-generation Superb hatchback. They also show how ŠKODA design chief Jozef Kaban has brought the secondary lights higher, so they sit just below the main units.There’s also a clamshell bonnet – a feature that’s likely to be a common trait across each of ŠKODA’s SUVs

Contrary to original reports suggesting the Kodiaq would feature five seats with the option of another two, the concept gets six-seats. They’re spread across three rows, and ŠKODA describes the space as “democratic”, offering excellent leg and head and shoulder room for all passengers. However, a senior source at the company says the final production car will definitely offer seven seats rather than six.

Alongside the additional space, the Vision S debuts new cabin tech that is said to be more user-friendly than ever. Two large 16-inch displays sit on the dash between air vents, allowing access to instrument data and multimedia for both the driver and passenger simultaneously.

The Geneva concept also debuts a four-wheel drive petrol-electric hybrid powertrain; a 154bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine mated to a 54bhp electric motor and a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. A second electric motor on the rear axle can provide a total 114bhp output, and when the two work in tandem with the engine to total powertrain output is 222bhp. It can reach 0-62mph in a claimed 7.4 seconds. It can also travel on electric power solely for 31 miles.

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