Škoda To Unveil VisionS Plug-In Hybrid Concept At Geneva Motor Show

FEB 20 2016 BY MARK KANE 17

Škoda VisionS

Škoda VisionS

Škoda wasn’t on the forefront of electrification, but as a member of the Volkswagen Group, it  as access to all the universal platforms so it’s just matter of time (by 2020 hopefully) when we will start to see plug-ins from Škoda.

Czech company is also gearing up for a production SUV, and has decided that the Geneva Motor Show is a good place to present a plug-in hybrid SUV called VisionS.

The VisionS is based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) and is equipped with six seats in three rows.

Škoda said that 12.4 kWh battery should provide up to 50 km (31 miles) of all-electric range.

It’s is also all-wheel-drive car with independent front and rear axle drive, which enabled 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.4 seconds.

As in case of many other Volkswagen Group’s plug-in hybrids, the drivetrain combines both a petrol engine and a small electric motor integrated into a six-speed DSG transmission. In the rear Škoda used larger 85 kW electric motor. Total system power stands at 165 kW.

Quick specs:

  • 165 kW (225 hp) of system power (AWD) – For the front axle there is a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with 115 kW (156 hp) and 250 Nm of torque combined with electric motor integrated into the six-speed DSG (40 kW continuous and 220 Nm peak torque). For the rear axle there is a second electric motor – 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque.
  • up to 50 km (31 miles) on electric alone, and will travel up to 1000 km total
  • 12.4 kWh battery is positioned in front of the rear axle.
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.4 seconds
  • top speed of almost 200 km/h (124 mph)
  • fuel economy at 1.9 litres of petrol for 100 km (45 grams CO2 per kilometre) – probably in NEDC and beside electricity
  • 2.79-meter wheelbase, at 4.70 meters long, 1.91 meters wide and 1.68 meters tall

Press release:

“The ŠKODA VisionS incorporates the brand’s new design language, carrying it over into the SUV segment: the design is clearly influenced by Czech Cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal art. The lines are precise, sharp and clean-cut; the distinctive interplay of light and shadow on the contoured surfaces creates exciting effects, which are accentuated by the Island-Green color.

With a 2.79-meter wheelbase, at 4.70 meters long, 1.91 meters wide and 1.68 meters tall, the ŠKODA VisionS makes a bold statement on the road. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), this is ŠKODA’s first vehicle to feature six seats across three rows.

Another highlight of the concept vehicle is its plug-in hybrid powertrain: with 165 kW (225 hp), the show car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds with a top speed of almost 200 km/h. 1.9 litres of petrol is all the car needs to travel 100 km (45 grams CO2 per kilometre). The ŠKODA VisionScan go up to 50 km on electric alone, and will travel up to 1000 km with both systems .

The internal combustion engine is a 1.4 TSI with 115 kW (156 hp) and 250 Nm of torque. This works alongside an e-motor that provides 40 kW of 40 kW continuous power and 220 Nm peak torque. It is integrated into the six-speed DSG, which directs the power to the front wheels. A second electric motor with up to 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently of the front axle drive, meaning the show car has a smart four-wheel drive, which requires no mechanical coupling. The three engines cooperate in a highly flexible manner: The driver of the ŠKODA VisionS can choose between several modes of operation – from purely electric drive to charge modes, always with the goal of maximum efficiency. The lithium-ion battery with a 12.4kWh capacity is positioned in front of the rear axle.

ŠKODA has responded to the rapidly growing scope of information and the passengers’ desire to communicate by introducing automotive digital networking (mobile services), providing large displays for optimum vehicle and infotainment services for all passengers, who can connect to the network several ways from each seat in the vehicle.”

Hat tip to Miggy!

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17 Comments on "Škoda To Unveil VisionS Plug-In Hybrid Concept At Geneva Motor Show"

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I love this statement: “Škoda wasn’t on the forefront of electrification”. So, I am assuming that the author is not aware that Škoda is one of the largest producers of electric buses and trams for decades or that they build commercial hybrid vehicles. I would also encourage the author to spell check the article title.

Škoda Transportation is producer of trolleybuses and tramcars, but article is about Škoda Auto, which is entirely different company…

I would encourage you to NOT mix up Skoda-auto.cz and skoda.cz ….. Apples and oranges, seriously.

Different Škoda though. VW bought the automotive division. Had it remained together with the transportation one and had they survived Škoda would likely be a leader in electric cars now. Škoda Auto had a PHEV prototype a few years ago, it’s about time they put one on the market.

Škoda Auto had even built a fleet of 10 prototypes of BEV called Octavia Green E Line, that shared a components with e-Golf based on previous VI. generation.


Problem is that Skoda conducts zero R&D on its own, or very close to. That’s plus or minus of being part of VW concern …. Depending on the angle of your view.

So, you can expect sheet metal being different, but inside, it’s all parts bin VW. More so regarding BEV technology …, I wish they actually would go back to their R&D days …. But I guess that is not exactly an option.

With VW possibly having a major cash shortage as a result of the diesel scandal they may have to sell off brands and end up “liberating” Škoda. Even within the confines of VW they make rather compelling cars.

Yes, Mark had committed small incorrectnesses. VisionS is a concept from SKODA AUTO company (a part of VW group). Electric buses and trams are produced by ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION group. There is no connection between these two companies, only the name. However, in the Czech Republic, we use only the name of Škoda for both in everyday speech.

I’d love for Skoda to be sold in the US. Rented a diesel Superb in Ireland for 10 days a few years back and loved the quality and engineering. Was getting 60mpg. Will be interesting to see how their plugins will take.

EU and NA are 2 completely different markets. While VW in Europe is kind of in a league of its own selling for prices between mainstream brands and premium brands. In the US it needs to compete hard with Toyotas and Hondas. That’s why there is room for Skoda in Europe, it’s positioned especially against the non-German brands and doing very well.

It’s basically VW car …. But assembled in Eastern Europe where pople are paid much less for the same work …. So you get Skoda Octavia (Passat equivalent) for VW Golf price. Locals like it, tey are good cars, with cheaper maintenance.

But they are not miracle cars ….

Central Europe – not Eastern…

You might be right by some web site considerations etc. but for anyone who has lived there knows it’s part of Eastern Europe, for culture and economic reasons. It might feel central to you when looking at a map, but that’s not what people living there would say …. Trust me.

Plugin Hybird? Can it fly? Awesome!

Euchh! No. This is Skoda above all, ffs.

Skoda’s are wonderful cars, better built quality and almost always better reliability than its VW parents for less money. The only thing I am concerned about Skoda is that VW gets jaleous of Skoda success and pushes it down by forcing Skoda to cut more on costs. I have a feeling it might yet be the case, I drove an older Skoda Octavia for thousand of miles and having test driven the new Skoda Octavia my feeling was that it was distinctively less “well screwed together” than the old ones. I hope I an wrong (by the way this is a worrying trend among VW group products, older Audi’s were indestructible tanks while in new Audi’s plastics starts to “squeak” after only 20K Km’s, their luck is that at Mercedes this trend is even worse).

Interesting… Esp. in view of the fact that generally Škoda is VW Group’s low-cost brand, and a equivalent Škoda model to a VW (identical drivetrain, same platform, different body shape, very similar trim) costs 20% less. I have a Škoda Roomster MPV myself, which has the Golf drivetrain on a similar platform, but is much better in terms of passenger room, cargo space & internal space flexibility, while still being much cheaper.

A PHEV can’t be an ininexpensive car at this point; Škoda’s CEO is on record saying not that long ago that there won’t be Škoda EVs in the near term due to cost:

If they changed policy on this, it’s very encouraging.