Skoda announces VisionS plug-in hybrid concept crossover image

Following a rather lengthy teaser campaign, Skoda has now officially introduced the VisionS concept slotted to present itself in front of the worldwide audience during the Geneva Motor Show.

The Czech automaker is getting ready to have its own version of the Volkswagen Tiguan and the VisionS is a design study destined to preview that future SUV model – which is tipped for a world premiere later this year during the Paris Motor Show in October. The production model is labeled for now as the “Kodiak” but returning to the VisionS concept we can also see the study is used as a way of evolving the Skoda design language – there’s a quirky double headlight arrangement and a new version of the corporate grille. Skoda says the design has been further inspired by the other products of the Volkswagen Group – sorry, Czech cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art, with all of these resulting in an angular demeanor with many sharp lines.

The concept sports an Island Green body paint and its platform is a version of the highly multifunctional MQB, with dimensions standing in at overall length of 185 inches (4.7 meters), width of 75.2 inches (1.91 meters), height of 66.1 inches (1.68 meters) and sporting a 109.8-inch (2.79-meter) wheelbase. The cabin is also featuring a six-seat arrangement.

The powertrain comes in the form of an alternative option: turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine and electric motor combo with 156 horsepower (115 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton meters) of torque for the classic and the e-motor coming up with another 54 hp (40 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm). The six-speed DSG sending power to the front wheels incorporates the latter and a second electric motor coming up with 115 hp (85 kW) and 200 lb-ft (270 Nm) takes care of the rear axle. There’s a lithium-ion battery pack tucked in front of the rear wheels with a capacity of 12.4 kWh thus granting an estimated electric range of 31 miles (50 kilometers). Acting as a regular hybrid the VisionS has been tipped to go for up to 621 miles (1,000 km) thanks to fuel economy ratings of 1.9 liters / 100 km (123.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 45 g/km.

The total combined output rating stands at 225 hp (165 kW), enough to drive the VisionS concept to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in 7.4 seconds and go up to 124 mph (200 km/h). Skoda VisionS will share the spotlight early next month during the Geneva Motor Show with the Octavia RS 4×4, DSG-equipped Octavia G-TEC, and the Fabia Combi ScoutLine.