The crossover segment is increasing very quick and automakers are attempting all implies to take benefit of this growth. 1 such automaker is Skoda, a Czech Republic based Volkswagen subsidiary. The automaker is at the moment showcasing their new CUV dubbed the Skoda VisionS Notion at Geneva Auto Show with a production model anticipated this fall.
The new Skoda VisionS Idea 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. Even though its lines are not explicitly flashy, the model still manages to put up a handsome look.
Skoda VisionS Notion Exterior
The VisionS is 185 inches long, 75 inches wide and stands at a height of 66 inches which tends to make it slightly smaller than the 2016 Chevy Equinox. The model introduces a new design and style language for future Skoda crossovers and SUVs. The exterior attributes a rugged twist of the Skoda’s sharp design and style 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 appear sleek and a recessed. Fog lights are fitted under the headlights.
On the sides, its doors augur nicely with the body and there is a modest touch panel on each door which is a new design and style meant to replace door handles on cars. There’s a sharp line running from the headlights via to the taillights. The car also functions lower physique lines among the wheels similar to the VisionC idea. It also characteristics a black trim about the wheel arches and also on its rocker panels and higher belt line.
At the rear, the roofline slants sharply and cuts down headroom for rear passengers and goes on to hang more than the rear hatch resulting in a spoiler-like appear. Its taillights resemble those on the VisionC, nevertheless, Skoda has added reverse lights beneath the taillights to introduce a various look. There is also a reflector that runs along the middle position of the bumper and a massive black insert beneath it which also surrounds the exhaust tips.
Skoda VisionS Concept Interior
The Skoda VisionS will feature a seating capacity of six passengers who will be spread across three rows. According to the automaker, the cabin space is “democratic” which means it offers lots of head, leg and shoulder room for all passengers. Insider reports indicate that the production version will function 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 among the air vents. These screens enable access to instruments details (digital instruments cluster) and the vehicle’s multimedia method for the driver. The front passenger has access to the infotainment program. 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 technique. The vehicle also characteristics Smartphone-like gadgets on the armrests making the VisionS fairly technically sophisticated. Becoming a notion not significantly of interior styling is revealed at this moment so expect a lot more from the production model.
Engine Specs and overall 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 little electric motor offering 64 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque of extra power to the front wheels.
The second electric motor kicks in all-wheel drive by supplying 115 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. The energy is sent to the wheels by way of a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission technique. When combined, the setup produces 322 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Added power is stored in the big lithium-ion battery pack situated just just before the rear axle.
The concept is rated to return 124 mpg in combined drives (European testing) in terms of fuel economy. The car runs from -60 mph in 7.four seconds and can reach a leading speed of 124 mph.
We hope Skoda will feature this drive-train or anything 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-4-wheel drive” which is really flexible. The engine is supplied with various driving modes which are All-Electric Drive Mode, All-Wheel Drive Mode and Charging Mode.
Price, release date and competitors
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 cost, Skoda is identified to offer you utilitarian models at a fair price tag and we think the VisionS will go this way.
We think it will undercut its rivals which consist of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe and start off at around £25,000 in Europe.