Skoda Vision S concept premieres at 2016 Geneva Motor Show; the production version of the largest SUV from the Czech auto maker could seat seven passengers
Skoda Vision S Concept finally makes its first public appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The company is expanding its SUV line-up and the newest member of the Skoda family would be based on the Vision S concept car. It would be a large 6-seater SUV with three rows of seats and positioned above the Yeti. Speculations are rife that it may be named as Kodiak as the name was patented, but the company hasn’t officially confirmed anything yet and moreover the production version is more likely to come with seven seats.
Measuring 4.70 metres in length, 1.91 metres in width and 1.68 metres in height, the new Skoda SUV’s production version would be launched by September or October this year. The Vision S SUV has a decent wheelbase of 2.79 metres with ample interior space. Talking about the exterior styling, the concept car flaunts LED headlamps split into two units and a wide, trapezoid grille with vertical upright struts.
It rides on newly-designed 5-spoke alloy wheels, while featuring a LED tail-lamp cluster. The rear end also gets big elliptical exhaust pipes and a powerful diffuser inset. In addition, the C-pillar starts with the rear lights and continues to the flat reflectors positioned within the rear bumper.
Coming to the interior cabin, Skoda says it would be bright, transparent and spacious. The company says that Skoda Vision S SUV’s interior would have a ‘democratic’ character as all the six occupants would have equal space and luxury. Each of the occupants would have their own display, which can be operated in the simplest of manners.
Also, access to the touchscreen infotainment system would not only be limited to driver and front passenger but everyone present in the SUV can move their hands over it. Mechanically, it would be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with a set of 2.0L TSI and TDI engines. The power output would be in the range of 148bhp to 237bhp, while an AWD (4X4) system is also said to be standard in the range-topping variant.
The concept debuted with a 4WD petrol-electric hybrid system: A 154bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine coupled with a 54bhp electric motor and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. A second electric motor is on the rear axle and can provide a total 114bhp output, and when they work together the total output is 222bhp. It can reach 0-100 kmph in a claimed 7.4 seconds. Being based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB architecture as the second-generation Tiguan, it would make its way in India by mid 2017.