This is the first glimpse of ŠKODA’s sharply styled VisionS concept, which is set to take centre stage for the brand at this year’s Geneva motor show.
It provides clues to the design of ŠKODA’s A+ SUV, which is due to be launched in early 2017, and is sure to attract lots of attention when the show opens to journalists on 1st March and the public on 3rd March.
The new Octavia vRS 4x4 is also being displayed at Geneva alongside many other exciting models from markets around the world, including the Octavia G-TEC with direct shift gearbox (DSG), a Scout version of the Fabia Estate, Superb SportLine, Superb Estate L&K and various Monte Carlo models.
Head-turning style and performance
The VisionS carries the brand’s new design language into the SUV segment. It’s based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform and is the first ŠKODA with six seats across three rows.
Another highlight of the concept car is its plug-in hybrid powertrain: with 165kW (225PS) of power, the show car accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and has a top speed of almost 124mph. Just 1.9 litres of petrol is all the car needs to travel 124 miles; it can go up to 30 miles on electric alone and will travel up to 621 miles with both systems.
The 1.4 TSI engine works alongside an e-motor that provides 40kW of continuous power and 220Nm peak torque. It is integrated into the six-speed DSG, which directs power to the front wheels. A second electric motor with up to 85kW of power and 270Nm of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently, meaning the show car has a smart four-wheel drive that requires no mechanical coupling. The three engines allow drivers to choose between several modes of operation, from purely electric to charge modes, always with the goal of maximum efficiency.