Skoda has unveiled its vision for the future of the crossover – the Vision X.
The concept uses a CNG- and petrol-powered engine as well as an electric motor, enabling it to emit just 89g/km of CO2.
“The exterior design provides a concrete view of the third member of the successful SUV family. With this model we will attract even more customers to the Skoda brand going forward,” said Bernhard Maier, Skoda CEO.
It boasts compact proportions, short overhangs and precise lines which give an agile and sporty nature to the car – yet it retains the typical styling cues from Skoda’s current SUV range.
The new hybrid system uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, which can run on CNG. It is supported by two electric motors, a belt driven starter generator and a larger motor in the rear axle.
A compact battery allows for a pure-electric range of just over a mile and recharged using brake regeneration and when coasting.
The power output of the two drive units allows the Skoda Vision X to accelerate from zero to 62MPH in 9.3 seconds.
Inside the Vision X promises generous dimensions and versatile space for passengers and luggage. The seat surfaces, door trims, centre console and dashboard support an active lifestyle with a mix of breathable fabrics, artificial leather and rubber surfaces.
The concept demonstrates Skoda’s vision for the future of connectivity with digital services such as Smart Parking, HoppyGo, TwoGo and CareDriver.
These technologies: direct the driver to available parking spaces, offer the car for rental when it is not needed, offer car sharing opportunities and can ensure that children are picked up from nursery if their parent or guardian cannot make it on time.
Connecting a mobile phone to the built-in docking station allows all of the infotainment system features that are integrated via an Internet connection or smartphone apps to be used on board the Skoda Vision X.
Electrification of the Skoda model range will start in 2019 with the launch of a Skoda Superb plug-in hybrid. Shortly afterwards, the first Skoda production vehicle with purely electric drive will follow. Between now and 2025, the brand will be extensively expanding its range of hybrid vehicles and purely battery-powered models in various segments.