Skoda Vision E Concept Foreshadows Future Electric Crossover

MAR 29 2017 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 3

Skoda Vision E Teaser

Skoda Vision E Concept Signals Electric, Coupe-SUV Agenda

Announces the Czech brand’s intentions to have five EVs on sale by 2025.

Ready to make its public debut next month at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Vision E Concept is Skoda’s way of announcing its green push in the forthcoming years. It takes the shape of a five-door coupe-SUV mashup with a very interesting exterior design, although for now we only have design sketches and everyone knows these are more attractive than the real deal.

Noticeable are the very short front and rear overhangs, the typical oversized wheels you’ll find on most recent concepts, and the lack of a conventional B-pillar. Thanks to a long wheelbase spanning at 2,850 mm (112 inches), the Vision E aims to provide a roomy interior cabin as one would expect from a Skoda-badged car. The styling might be a taste of things to come as far as a Kodiaq Coupe, which has already been confirmed to arrive by 2019, at least in China:

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At the heart of the showcar is an all-electric powertrain delivering a total output of 300 horsepower (225 kilowatts) providing the coupe-SUV with a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph). Skoda isn’t saying a word about the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint time, but it does mention the concept “accelerates instantaneously and dynamically.” It goes on to specify the vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive layout and comes with a lithium-ion battery pack providing enough juice for 310 miles (500 kilometers) between charges.

Skoda Vision E Teaser

Aside from signaling the brand’s EV intentions, the Vision E is also a preview of Skoda’s autonomous driving system as the car is smart enough to drive on its own in the city and on the motorways. The Czech marque mentions the onboard computers, sensors, and cameras all work together to allow the vehicle perform overtaking maneuvers as well as stay in lane and swerve. Not only that, but the coupe-SUV can find an empty parking space, occupy it, and then drive off without any human assistance.

Skoda’s very first electrified production car will be the flagship Superb destined to receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2019. A year later, a pure EV is going to be launched and will ride on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform. By the middle of the next decade, Skoda is going to have a total of five all-electric models on sale in various segments.

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I’m liking this model much better than the SUV model, The competition in EV’s/plug in hybrids is really hotting up. I think VW’s dieselgate debacle was a blessing in disguise & really started the EV ball rolling.

As the majority of auto makers in Europe were making mostly diesel engined models, these new EV/hybrid models will be more than welcome.

Another (Euro) industrial point of view

It seems many of the incumbents are rushing to Chinese market with EVs. Probably they see sales potentials there that they do not really see elsewhere right now.

So this is the cheapest version of the Audi Q6 (or whatever its name will be).

But the VW-badged version will be the biggest seller.

VAG does this all the time, so it’d be surprising if they didn’t make one with the Skoda badge as well.

Kinda like an Audi A3 is a glorified VW Golf. Which is a good thing; this is perhaps the best chassis ever constructed.