Skoda modifies the Vision E Concept for 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2017

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.

Press Release

European premiere for ŠKODA VISION E concept car at the IAA

At the IAA (12-24 September), ŠKODA is presenting its first purely electrically driven concept car that can drive autonomously at level 3 – the VISION E. The design has been developed once more following the world premiere in Shanghai. The study goes one step further into the digital future and it is a connectivity pioneer. The most eye-catching design features are the absence of a B-pillar and the opposed-opening doors. Typical of ŠKODA are the generous amount of space, the modern assistance systems and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions.

The design of the VISION E study displays distinctive characteristics of the new ŠKODA design language for electric vehicles. The opposed-opening doors and four individual swivel seats are striking features. Wing mirrors are a thing of the past – cameras relay what is happening around the car onto screens. The VISION E deliberately forgoes the B-pillar in favour of an even more generous feeling of space. Compared to the vehicle from the world premiere in Shanghai, the front has been developed further and now has even more character.

With the VISION E, ŠKODA is taking a big step into the digital future. The first electrically driven concept vehicle for autonomous driving in the company’s history shows a new level of connectivity. In addition to the dashboard screen and the central touchscreen display, which allows the driver and front passenger to read and operate all ŠKODA Connect functions and services, every occupant has their own display at their disposal. Using touchscreens, numerous convenience details such as vehicle data and entertainment can be operated. A Phonebox that charges smartphones inductively is integrated into each door. At the same time, the box serves as an interface that allows passengers to access their mobile devices’ personal settings, data and information conveniently on the individual touchscreen displays.

Many further features signal that the future is already here. The infotainment systems can be operated using voice and gesture controls, for example. Cameras monitor the driver all the time and check on their fitness and alertness using Eye Tracking. The Driver Alert system warns the driver of tiredness. The VISION E even comes with a digital doctor: the heart rate monitor slows the vehicle down automatically, should the driver experience any health problems. Just like in many ŠKODA production models, the VISION E occupants are of course ‘always online’ thanks to a Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE module.

With a length of 4,668 mm, a width of 1,924 mm and a height of 1,591 mm the VISION E exudes great presence. Due to the long wheelbase of 2,851 mm and the short front and rear overhangs the technicians were able to create – as is standard with a ŠKODA – an extremely generous and comfortable interior. Due to the concept, there is no transmission tunnel which creates a ŠKODA-typical generous amount of space in the front and the rear.

Electric motors with a total power output of 225 kW (306 PS) drive all four wheels of the concept car. The range of up to 500 km and the top speed of 180 km/h are impressive. The VISION E allows for autonomous driving at level 3. On motorways, the autopilot system enables the concept car to autonomously accelerate, steer, brake and even avoid obstacles. The Car Park Autopilot finds free parking spaces and directs the vehicle there automatically. The VISION E is charged inductively.

The ŠKODA VISION E celebrates its European premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt. The ŠKODA press conference takes place at midday on 12 September 2017 in pavilion 3.

Source: Skoda

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