Announces the Czech brand's intentions to have five EVs on sale by 2025.
Ready to make its public debut next month at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Vision E Concept is Skoda’s way of announcing its forthcoming green car push. It takes the shape of a five-door coupe-SUV mashup with a very interesting exterior design, although for now we only have design sketches and everyone knows these are more attractive than the real deal.
Noticeable are the very short front and rear overhangs, the typical concept car oversized wheels, and the lack of a conventional B-pillar. Thanks to a long wheelbase spanning at 2,850 mm, the Vision E aims to provide a roomy interior cabin as one would expect from a Skoda-badged car. The styling might be a taster of the upcoming Kodiaq Coupe, which has already been confirmed to arrive by 2019, at least in China:
At the heart of the showcar is an all-electric powertrain delivering a total output of 300 horsepower providing the coupe-SUV with a top speed of 112 mph. Skoda isn’t revealing the 0-62 mph sprint time, but it does mention the concept “accelerates instantaneously and dynamically”. It goes on to specify the vehicle boasts an all-wheel-drive layout and comes with a lithium-ion battery pack providing enough juice for 310 miles between charges.
Aside from signalling the brand’s EV intentions, the Vision E is also a preview of Skoda’s autonomous driving system as the car is smart enough to drive on its own in the city and on the motorways. The Czech marque mentions the onboard computers, sensors, and cameras all work together to allow the vehicle perform overtaking manoeuvres as well as stay in lane and swerve. Not only that, but the coupe-SUV can find an empty parking space, occupy it, and then drive off without any human assistance.
Skoda’s very first electrified production car will be the flagship Superb destined to receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain in 2019. A year later, a pure EV is going to be launched and will ride on Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform. By the middle of the next decade, Skoda is going to have a total of five all-electric models on sale in various segments.