Skoda Vision IV Concept uses two electric motors and a flat-pack lithium ion battery to return 500 km electric driving range on WLTP cycle
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show has opened for press today and it will be hosted till March 17. One of the premiere motoring exhibitions in the world is currently in its 89th edition and there is a lot at stake for companies to impress the general spectators and everyone alike considering the global economic conditions and the notion to move forward and make electric mobility a downright reality for wider set of audience.
Over the years, Skoda has been focussing more on its SUV stream while keeping a definitive eye for its sedans. The Kodiaq and Karoq for instance have proved their worth addressing the increasing SUV buying crowd in global markets and VW Group is making huge investments with Skoda at the forefront in emerging markets like India for a sustained future.
The India 2.0 project has lot of implications for Skoda as well as Volkswagen and the first product to come out of the new venture based on the heavily localised MQB A0 IN platform is a premium SUV. While the newly revealed Kamiq gives every glimpse of how the India-bound model will be, the Vision IV showcases every bit into the brand’s electric future.
To start with, the Skoda Vision IV Concept is a crossover coupe in body style and the first to be based on Volkswagen Group’s highly flexible MEB (Modularer Elektrobaukasten) architecture. The Czech manufacturer says the concept is fitted with one electric motor on each axle and it combines with the lithium-ion battery pack installed underneath to have a claimed electric driving range of up to 500 km on WLTP cycle.
The performance numbers are not officially out yet but the design direction in which the future Skoda vehicles will boast about can be clearly witnessed. The Skoda Vision IV Concept comes with a distinctive light bar connecting the sleek headlamps and the shut-off grille has several vertical slats. Muscular wheel arches, sporty hood with peculiar lines, bold bumper section up front and rear, bumper mounted light strip, boomerang-styled tail lamps, a slick roofline and 22-inch wheels are some of the visual highlights.
Whether the frameless doors, lack of door handles and devoid of wing mirrors will enter production or not is unknown but it’s good to see manufacturers sticking by the latest trends in their concepts. The interior comprises of a rather unusual layout for a Skoda. In fact, the design elements on the interior, as well as the exterior, are unlike any other Vision concepts we have seen before.
The Skoda Vision IV Concept’s cabin has less physical buttons and the entre console is dominated by a tab-like floating touchscreen and can wirelessly charge smartphones. The all-digital instrument console has a floating layout displaying speed, battery capacity and other necessary details. The almost rectangular shaped steering wheel has the ‘SKODA’ lettering in the middle.