Skoda has unveiled what it will be showing off at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, including a six-seater sports utility vehicle concept known as the ‘VisionS’.
Skoda says the VisionS provides a vision of what its future sports utility vehicles (SUV) could look like and showcases the plug-in hybrid powertrain that will power it. It is based on parent company VW’s MQB platform used by the Golf.
The 4.7m long, 1.91m wide and 1.68m tall Skoda VisionS ─ painted in Island-Green ─ has six seats spread across three rows, making it nearly as versatile as Volvo’s seven-seat XC90 T8.
Its design is said to be influenced by Czech Cubism and Bohemian crystal art. We’ll be honest, we are unsure exactly what that means but it looks very Skoda-esque, which is to say it’s sufficiently pleasant.
The VisionS generates 225hp and 250Nm of torque, 156hp of which comes from a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged petrol, 40kW from an electric motor integrated into the six-speed DSG gearbox that powers the front axle and another 85kW electric motor that drives the rear one.
This means the SUV has what Skoda calls ‘smart four-wheel drive’ that can go from aiming for efficiency one second and trying to pull you through snow the next, although it is said to favour efficiency first and foremost.
A 12.4kWh battery lets the VisionS travel up to 31 miles (50km) on electric power alone. It can, in fact, travel 100km on just 1.9 litres of fuel – nearly the same amount of liquid you get in a big bottle of Coca Cola.
Drive like a champion of efficiency and Skoda claims an overall range of 621 miles (1,000km) while emitting just 45g/km of CO2.
Even though Skoda’s VisionS manages to be ice cap-friendly, it’s no slouch. 0-62mph arrives in 7.4 seconds, while the top speed is 141mph (228kmh).
To satisfy increasingly tech-savvy customers, the VisionS has been fitted ‘large displays’ for every passenge for infotainment purposes. So there should be no reason to get bored on long journeys.
There’s no word on just how much of the Skoda VisionS will make it to a production model, but no doubt we will be seeing that hybrid powertrain again at some point in the future.
Skoda will also use the Geneva Motor Show to unveil its Octavia vRS 4×4, a top-of-the-range diesel available as a saloon or estate, and the Octavia G-Tec, which is powered by natural gases.