Last April, Skoda revealed the Vision E Concept at the Auto Shanghai in China. But now, the zero emissions vehicle is set to make its European debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Except this time, it has received several minor visual changes that are borderline noticeable.
Some of the changes can be seen on the lower LED light bar up front where it now moves a little upwards toward the corners. The alloy wheels have also received an upgrade with its new design. Skoda only released a few photos of the upgraded Vision E concept so we do not know yet if the rear end had been changed as well. But looking into the cabin, the door panels and also the top of the dashboard around the touch screens seem to have received a new trim. The pattern on the bottom part of the dash has also been changed. It also appears that the center console has been revised as well. Overall, there are a couple of changes that have been done but most of them are not very obvious.
As you can see, the Vision E seems to be a preview of Skoda’s electrified future. But it isn’t just a preview of upcoming technology but also of the company’s crossover-coupe possibilities in the future. The concept that will be heading to Frankfurt will now be carrying a pair of electric motors that have 306 horsepower (225 kilowatts) at both the front and rear axles, enabling it to continue on to reach a top speed of 112 miles per hour (180 kilometers per hour).
During the 2017 Shanghai Auto, the Vision E had a 301 bhp electric powertrain just like the VW I.D. Crozz concept. And so far, we have no idea whether the Vision E’s battery pack has been upgraded, but we do know that it has a range of 310 miles (500 kilometers). When the battery has been depleted, it will be recharged inductively, which is very convenient as you won’t have to use charging cables anymore.
Just in case you don’t know, Skoda is the first Czech electric car that is based on the VW Group’s new MEB all-electric architecture. The MEB platform enables the car to have self-driving features. The Vision E is a level 3 autonomous car, so it can also park itself.
On September 12, we will see the modified Vision E concept at IAA in Germany. Alongside it will be the Karoq compact crossover that will be replacing the Yeti. This is just the beginning for Skoda EVs, as the company plans to come out with a total of five electrified models by 2025. By then, customers will not be limited to just a coupe-SUV like this one.