After just a teaser, Skoda unveiled today the all-new MIssionL Concept, a new car that offers a preview of firm’s upcoming compact model, which will be launched in Europe, Russia and China in 2012. Honestly to tell you we do like this concept that looks inspired by the Vw Jetta, but unfortunately this will not be seen on the North American market.
Still, we have some good news as the deliveries on the Indian market will start in late 2011, as the MissionL is, according to Skoda, close to the production version.
“This premiere kicks off ŠKODA's model offensive for the coming years," said ŠKODA Board Chairman Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “This new compact model, along with other new products to follow, will enable us to accomplish our goal of increasing global annual sales to 1.5 million vehicles by 2018. We are going to present a new car approximately every six months over the next few years.”
“We have taken a very pure approach to this design study – we have structured the surfaces simply, but impressively,” says ŠKODA Board of Directors Member for Technological Development Eckhard Scholzabout the philosophy of MissionL. “The car has a strong, sporty look which conveys a beautiful simplicity and a youthful and contemporary appearance. Many people look for clean, minimalistic lines, and the MissionL concept offers all that,” adds Eckhard Scholz.
The MissionL is the centerpiece of Škoda's 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show presentation. The MissionL is a concept car that has a liftback design, and has a look that is very similar to the series-production model. The concept car shows us what to expect with the carmaker’s next model line that will be introduced in China, Europe and Russia in 2012. Škoda also announced that they will launch a new compact car in India before 2011 ends. The new compact car is exclusively for the Indian market and is the first car in the carmaker’s Model Offensive project, which is designed to help Škoda increase its yearly sales around the world to 1.5 million units by the year 2018.
The Škoda MissionL Concept sports defined lines and outstanding workmanship down to the last detail. You get balanced proportions because of the sharp lines and the smooth surfaces. It also has daring wing lines and 18” light alloy wheels, giving it a sense of elegance and strength. Taking its cue from the VisionD concept, the car gives you a very dominant front end. This is going to be the carmaker’s signature design look, with the winged arrow logo dominating the front of the bonnet. The radiator grille has vertical gills with a chrome frame. Meanwhile, the car’s headlamps and front fog lamps are arranged in a four-leaf clover design, giving the car’s front an outstanding look at night.
The daytime running lamps and the flashers flank the main headlamps and showcase the fine craftsmanship of Czech glass-cutters. You could find the same design philosophy on other parts of the body as well as inside the car.
The joints between the bumper and the wings have also been used as decor. All lines here are thoughtfully designed and end harmoniously. There are three lines on the side of the car that flow through the back to the tail lamps. The tail lights themselves have a white, crystal-like look with the C-shaped rear lights surrounding them.
You should also see the glass panoramic roof with its dark tint. The interiors of the Škoda MissionL Concept interior followthe same elegant design of the exterior that also includes elements that are both ergonomic and highly functional. The interior is very spacious, with the seat covers, the steering wheel and the dashboard reflecting youth and vitality. The door panels are covered by textile that has a cut crystal pattern, similar to the motif that you see in the flashers and daytime running lamps.