Skoda Vision RS Plug-In Hybrid Hot Hatch Powers Into Paris

OCT 2 2018 BY ADRIAN PADEANU 16

Previewing the Rapid replacement, the concept also foreshadows a VW Golf GTI competitor.

Coinciding with the unveiling of the Kodiaq RS, the new Skoda Vision RS concept is a sharp five-door hatchback serving a taste of things to come in the compact car segment. Essentially, this is an early look at the Rapid successor, with the future model set to evolve into a proper, more refined compact hatch to compete with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus. With this concept previewing a potential RS version, it has been designed to give us an idea of what to expect in terms of a GTI and ST rival.

Looking a million times more exciting than the Rapid / Rapid Spaceback on sale today, the Vision RS embraces a much more stylish design language that hopefully will rub off onto the production models. The vehicle is 4356 millimeters long, 1431 mm tall, 1810 mm wide, and with a wheelbase measuring 2650 mm. That makes it longer, lower, and much wider than the Rapid Spaceback, and we’re expecting similar proportions for the regular production version coming next year. With a cargo capacity of 430 liters, it offers an extra 15 liters over the Rapid Spaceback.

Aside from featuring a promising design inside and out, the Vision RS also catches the attention thanks to its hybrid powertrain combining a 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine with an electric motor. It has a combined output of 241 hp (180 kilowatts) good enough for a sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in a decent 7.1 seconds before maxing out at 130 mph (210 kph). It needs 8.9 seconds to complete the 50-75 mph (80-120 kph) task.

Using a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can be fully recharged in two and a half hours, the concept has an all-electric range of 43 miles (70 km). Being a hybrid, it means the Skoda Vision RS manages to remain quite frugal and emits just 33 g/km of CO2 to provide the best of both worlds – performance and efficiency.

Skoda will have the Vision RS and the Kodiaq RS on display starting tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show where the two will share the spotlight with the Octavia G-TEC and the Karoq Scout and Karoq Sportline.

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Another Euro point of view

The Skoda I owned for 7 years was the sweetest/best car I ever had but had to yield to the pressure of my professional environment (private equity fund industry) so now have an Audi which is hardly more than a Skoda with a suit and a bit less reliable. All in all Skoda is VW group best brand if Porsche, Bentley and Lambo are taken out, So good that the group is often trying to push them down as to keep Volkswagen safe from too harsh an (internal) competition.

Skoda seems to have very good workers. Many at work drive the Superb, and I have heard nothing but good stuff about the cars so far.

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My 10-y.o. Roomster is still going strong and very reliable. I’d love a decent-range PHEV from them (though for me that would mean 70km real range including full-blast airconditioning, which is mandatory here 6 months of the year, not 50km best-case WLTP), although would still have some compunctions due to Dieselgate.

Big question is what range & price the production version of this will carry, and when it’ll enter production… Škoda pretty much never spends money on concept-only vehicles. Being a Škoda, it can’t be very expensive, but PHEVs aren’t cheap to make…

Oh, and this will NOT compete with the Golf. VW will certainly not let it.

This is another version of the Passat GTE and it certainly competes with it but it doesn’t matter because every sale is a sale for VW.

Škoda’s Passat-equivalent is the Octavia, their best-selling model by far (2x the next model).
https://www.carwow.co.uk/blog/volkswagen-passat-vs-skoda-octavia-0270

The Rapide/Spaceback are bit smaller smaller than the Passat., and are actually the Golf equivalent.
However, the usual Škoda practice is to use 1-2 year older drivetrains and more conservative, cheaper (but not less well made) to provide an equivalent car at ~15-20% less than the VW model .

Not really clear to me how the economics will work out with a PHEV — it’ll take a few years yet for the cost of the PHEV drivetrain to come down enough (which requires decent manufacturing volumes).

Going by the specs, that’s not an old VW drivetrain though — in fact I think it very very likely that it will be based on the next iteration of the Golf GTE, introducing a larger battery to fit the requirements for PHEV incentives…

Agreed, which is exactly why I was wondering how the economics work out (-: .
Going by normal Škoda practice, VW would have to use this new drivetrain for 2-3 years in one of the VW GTE PHEV models before it got cheap enough for Škoda to use.
Of course Škoda hasn’t given any timeframe for a production version of this, but unlike the Audi & VW brands, they don’t normally waste time and money on frou-frou neverland concepts (maybe they would like to, but I suspect VW Group doesn’t give them money for it (-; ) — pretty much anything they show will be a production car in the near future.
I guess we’ll have to wait & see…

Actually, Škoda’s Passat-equivalent is Superb. Their models just have a larger trunk than the VW model they are based on, increasing practicality and decreasing looks and agility. Fabia is based on Polo, Octavia is based in Golf and Superb is based on Passat. Current Rapid is same car as Seat Toledo.

We’ll have to agree to disagree (-: Fabia is indeed based on the Polo, but Octavia is larger than the Golf not only on the outside (sedan rather than a hatch, of course), but in passenger accommodations. 30% of the local taxis (Israel) are Diesel Octavias, so I’ve spent many hours in them.
The Superb is actually a bit larger than the Passat, again, not just length but also cargo space and roomier inside for passengers.

Is it a single speed transmission hybrid like the Volt and Outlander?

Isn’t Skoda part of the VW group? Wouldn’t it seem odd to compete against a product you already own?

They also have the Seat Leon FR that competes with the Golf GTI. It is good for variety.

Škoda is positioned as a “cheap, but practical” brand within VW. So it will have lower quality interior, lower specs, larger trunk and lower price than the equivalent VW model.

It’s like Buick competing against Chevrolet. In the end the parent company wins either way. It worked extremely well for GM for decades.

Excellent news from Skoda, they’ve been selling stella reliability cars (albeit diesel) for decades. I hope there are more EV/Phev models to come from them.
It’s strange how most of the VW PHEV/hybrid models cant make the new WLTP emission limit of 50g/km yet Skoda can come in at 33g/km!