The new Skoda VisionS -- underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's modular transverse matrix (MQB) -- measures 4.70 meters in length, 1.91 meters in width and 1.68 meters in height, with a wheelbase of 2.79 meters.
As the first Skoda with six seats spread over three rows, the VisionS offers first-class comfort for every occupant. The first two rows offer plenty of head, leg and elbow room while the third row could accommodate two more occupants. Depending on how the seats were configured, the VisionS could carry up to 460 liters of boot. Moreover, it is much easier to load the cargo thanks to the low loading sill, high-lifting tailgate and flat floor. Furthermore, the new VisionS is laden with 'Simply Clever' features like bag hooks.
When Skoda unveiled the VisionC design study at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it previewed a new emotional design for the brand, which eventually found its way into the Skoda Fabia and Superb. The VisionS now previews how this new emotional design would draw attention when applied in an SUV.
Jozef Kaban, Skoda Head of Design, remarked that the new VisionS features an expressive, attractive and dynamic design. He added that the VisionS has a design that is typically Skoda – combining rationality and aesthetics. He noted that the lines of the Skoda VisionS took inspiration from the tradition of Bohemian crystal glass art as well as cubism, with all of its sections conveying precision and sharpness. Meanwhile, the contoured surfaces result to distinctive interplay between light and shade, as highlighted by the Iceland Green exterior finish.
The new VisionS is certainly a Skoda even at glance at its front end, thanks to certain design cues. For instance, the front end features double horizontal lines and a sculptured bonnet which edges lead to the prominently placed brand logo. The front end is also defined by the wide, trapezoidal Skoda grille with upright struts, as flanked by four flat, raked, highly-set headlights that will employ light emitting diode (LED)units.
Four lighting units – making up the upper headlights – take care of the high and low beams, with their reflectors making it seem that they’re human eyelashes. The main headlight is completed by the signature daytime running lights, with the lower units employed as fog lights. Interestingly, Skoda pays tribute to Czech glassmakers by imbuing crystalline design features on the headlights, brand logo and the vertical struts in the grille.
When viewed from the sides, the new VisionS reveals a recessed tornado line that commences from the upper lighting units and flows through its dynamic body. It also reveals powerful wheel arches as framed by wide angular trims, while the upper shoulder contour forms a deep waisting across its door sills. Thanks to its sloping roofline and tapered rear end, the new VisionS seems to be moving even at standstill. The side profile of the VisionS also reveals a long wheelbase.
On the rear, the new VisionS features a sculptural shape as marked by a dynamic diffuser inset surrounding the large, elliptical exhaust pipes as well as by a number plate recess tapering to the rear. The rear end is also defined by a narrow rear window lurking underneath a long spoiler.
Below the window are the Skoda logo and the raked rear lights employing LED units. These LED rear lights feature lenses – made from multifaceted cut crystal glass – with integrated small spoiler lips. Meanwhile, the Skoda-typical C-shape commences from the rear lights to the flat reflectors within the rear bumper.
On the other hand, the interior of the VisionS offers a high-quality design that is both spacious and transparent. As typical of the brand, the interior of the VisionS is democratic, which means it gives equal priority with the cabin space divided symmetrically.
Furthermore, the new Skoda VisionS comes with a second screen on the front cabin. Two large, flat 16-inch screen displays stand in front of the straight instrument panel, which has been designed for the both the driver and the front passenger. These screen displays are surrounded by vertically positioned air outlets.
In accordance to Skoda’s Simply Clever motto, the carmaker is working on practical, user-friendly operating concepts for its future production cars. This concept is envisioned initially by the VisionS, which provides each occupant with their own display.
Moreover, these displays boast of simple operations. The vehicle processes the information for the driver and passengers, with optimized access to the infotainment system for each occupant. The Czech carmaker plans to offer programmable multifunction displays in its production cars in the next few years, with the possibility of voice and gesture commands.
The Skoda VisionS features a third display on its center console, with the remaining displays – for the second and third row passengers -- embedded on the head rests. The doors come with integrated Phonebox, where smartphones could be charged through induction. Through the Phonebox, each occupant could access the smartphone's data and information as well as their personal settings, through their own display.
The interior of the new VisionS is upholstered in fine, light-grey Nappa leather with dark-blue leather patterns as well as in Ultrasuede. The upper sections are finished in dark blue, while the seat covers and armrests feature a light grey color. It’s admirable how parts of the center console, the sculptured trim strips in the doors and the logo are made from Czech crystal glass. Around 10 ambient light colors are available for the VisionS.
Currently, Skoda is full-intent on introducing electrified production cars. First in line will be a plug-in hybrid engine, to be followed by an-all electric powerplant. This intent is exemplified by the Skoda VisionS, which employs a petrol engine and two electric motors. Providing power to the front wheels – through a six-speed DSG transmission – is a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that could deliver 115 kW (156 PS) of max output and 250 Nm of peak torque, and an electric motor that generates 40 kW of output and 220 Nm of instant torque. Interestingly, the Skoda VisionS is a clever four-wheel drive vehicle, thanks to a second electric motor that delivers up to 85 kW of output and 270 Nm of torque to the rear axle.
Overall, the VisionS offers a total system output of 165 kW (225 PS), allowing to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and reach a top speed of nearly 200 km/h. Being a hybrid unit, the VisionS only consumes 1.9 liters of fuel per 100 km and emits only 45 grams of carbon dioxide per km. The Skoda VisionS could go all-electric up to 50 km on electric mode. Total hybrid range is around 1,000 km.