?“Our brand continues to develop at a rapid pace,” said ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “We already have a successful model in the compact SUV segment with the ŠKODA Yeti; now we are using our expertise in 4×4 technology to develop the new SUV model. In terms of design, package and functionality, the VisionS bears some similarity. This study also demonstrates our most important future technologies, such as the plug-in hybrid drive system; a similar drive system is also being tested for production cars.”
The ŠKODA VisionS incorporates the brand’s new design language, carrying it over into the SUV segment: the design is clearly influenced by cubism and the tradition of Bohemian crystal glass art. The lines are precise, sharp and clean-cut; the distinctive interplay of light and shadow on the contoured surfaces has a powerful effect, which is accentuated by the Iceland Green colour.
At 4.70 metres long, 1.91 metres wide, 1.68 meters tall and with a 2.79-metre wheelbase, the ŠKODA VisionS makes a bold statement on the road. Based on 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 drive: with 165 kW (225 PS), the show car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, and has a top speed of almost 200 km/h. 1.9 l of petrol is all the car needs to travel 100 km (45 g CO2/km). The ŠKODA VisionS can drive up to 50 km on electric mode alone, and travels up to 1,000 km with both systems combined.
The internal combustion engine is a 1.4 TSI with 115 kW (156 PS) and 250 Nm of torque. It works alongside an e-motor that provides 40 kW of continuous power and a peak torque of 220 Nm. The e-motor is integrated with the six-speed DSG, which transfers the power to the front wheels. A second electric engine with up to 85 kW and 270 Nm of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently from the front axle drive, meaning the show car has clever 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 the purely electric engine to charge mode, always with the goal of maximum efficiency. The lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 12.4 kWh is positioned in front of the rear axle.
ŠKODA has responded to the rapidly growing range 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 in several ways from each seat in the vehicle.
The ŠKODA Octavia RS 4×4 is also celebrating its debut at this year’s motor show: ŠKODA’s top-of-the-range Octavia is available as both a hatchback and an estate with a 2.0 TDI engine producing 135 kW (184 PS) and DSG transmission. With its equally sporty and safe drive unit, the Octavia RS 4×4 makes a strong partner for families, work and leisure time. The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 228 km/h. It consumes just 4.9 l of diesel per 100 km, which is a CO2 equivalent of 129 g/km (all values for the hatchback).
The ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is particularly economical: its fuel costs are currently below four euros per 100 km. As an optional extra, ŠKODA now also equips the natural-gas car with DSG transmission. The 1.4 TSI provides 81 kW (110 PS), emitting 94 g of CO2/km. The ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is available as a hatchback or an estate.
ŠKODA’s ScoutLine range also continues to grow. Alongside the Rapid Spaceback ScoutLine, there is now also the ŠKODA Fabia Combi ScoutLine – with its unique offroad look and attractive, practical specification features. Three petrol engines with 55 kW (75 PS), 66 kW (90 PS) and 81 kW (110 PS) and three diesel engines with 55 kW (75 PS), 66 kW (90 PS) and 77 kW (105 PS) are available.