The coupe-SUV eschews conventional controls for a multitude of screens.
After previewing the concept’s exterior last week in several teaser images, Skoda is now ready to provide a glimpse of the spacious interior courtesy of a new batch of nice renders. The lack of a conventional B-pillar means getting in and out of the Vision E should be a piece of cake, especially since opening the doors will automatically trigger the seats to swing outwards for an even easier entrance. The seats will then return to their original position once the electrically operated doors are closed. Simply... clever, huh.
Envisioned strictly as a four-seater, the new Vision E concept adopts a minimalistic cabin with very few physical controls. Instead, there are no fewer than four displays, one for each person inside the cabin, plus a fifth screen mounted in the centre console to access the infotainment’s settings. Moreover, each door panel comes with a built-in phone box benefitting from inductive charging, so those inside will avoid the hassle of having to use a cable to fill up the smartphone’s battery.
Skoda says both front seats can be fully reclined, suggesting the Vision E has been imagined as a fully autonomous vehicle capable of doing all the driving without any human input at all. In typical Skoda fashion, the roomy cabin is further enhanced by the spacious boot, although the Czech marque isn’t saying a word for now about the cargo capacity.
Details about what powers the concept have not been disclosed, but we do know the Vision E will adopt an entirely electric setup. It’s already evident by the lack of a central tunnel, thus further boosting the space inside.
Skoda’s green agenda will begin in 2019 with the launch of the plug-in hybrid Superb prior to the release of a pure EV in 2020 based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform. By 2025, the company’s electric car portfolio is going to include five models.
Meanwhile, the Vision E will celebrate its world premiere in a couple of weeks at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in China. The first press day is scheduled for the 19th, but we’ll likely see the concept online sooner than that.