Skoda VisionS concept previews upcoming SUV

The Skoda VisionS may be billed as a concept car, but is in fact a thinly-veiled preview of the Czech marque’s upcoming seven-seat SUV which will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The VisionS features six seats in three rows of two. It stands 4,700mm long, 1,910mm wide, 1,680mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,790mm, dimensions that are expected to shared by the production car and make it marginally bigger than its primary rivals, the Kia Sorento and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the VisionS has a range of 31 miles on electric power only and a combined range of 621 miles. Skoda claims Co2 emissions of 45g/km and a 0-62mph time of 7.4secs.

A 156bhp 1.4 TSi petrol engine is backed up by a 40kW electric motor integrated into the six-speed DSG gearbox and driving the front wheels, with an additional 85kW motor mounted on the rear axle. The 12.4kWh lithium-ion battery is positioned forward of the rear axle.

The interior is designed for “automotive digital networking”, with a number of large screens displaying infotainment for all passengers, who have various options for connecting to the system.

It’s unclear how much of this technology will be available in the production SUV, which is expected to be called Kodiak. A diesel-electric hybrid version is anticipated alongside a choice of petrol and diesel engines mirroring that in the Superb. Various combinations of manual/DSG gearbox and front/four-wheel-drive will be available as well.

The Skoda SUV is expected to go on sale sometime early in 2017, shortly after the Volkswagen CrossBlue with which it shares its MQB underpinnings. A five-door coupe version is rumoured to follow; an all-new version of the smaller Yeti is expected by 2018.

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