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VisionS strongest hint yet of Skoda SUV

Skoda's VisionS Concept car for Geneva provides preview of the brand's future SUVs.

What's the news?

Want to know what Skoda's inevitable, forthcoming SUVs will look like? Then here's your answer. Like the VisionC concept shown at Geneva Motor Show two years ago - which morphed into the current Superb - this is the Czech firm's VisionS and it's going to the Swiss showpiece at the start of March.

The 4,700mm-long VisionS is based on the MQB platform and has a 2,790mm wheelbase, while it's 1,910mm wide and 1,680mm tall. That makes it fairly sizeable, although it looks decent enough thanks to Skoda's trademark sharp styling. It's finished in Island Green; in case you're wondering about the colour.

Inside, six seats are spread across three rows (meaning the production version will be a seven-seater with a conventional second-row 'bench') and Skoda says the VisionS is packed with 'automotive digital networking services' which are shown via large display screens.

The VisionS is also a hybrid, with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol coupled up to a pair of electric motors. The TSI kicks out 156hp and 250Nm, while an e-motor integrated into the six-speed DSG transmission provides another 40kW (54hp) and 220Nm, which it directs at the front wheels. At the rear is a stronger electric unit, capable of 85kW (116hp) and 270Nm, that drives the back axle - so when the VisionS is running in four-wheel drive mode, it's all intelligently controlled by on-board computers; there's no propshaft running underneath the car to physically connect all the wheels.

With a lithium-ion 12.4kWh battery mounted ahead of the rear axle, Skoda claims the maximum combined 225hp drivetrain will propel the VisionS from 0-100kmh in 7.4 seconds, with a top speed just shy of 200km/h. It has a 50km electric range, can go up to 1,000km on its hybrid systems and emits just 45g/km CO2 while achieving 1.9 litres/100km (148.7mpg). So expect the production versions to be fitted with boring old diesel units instead...

Anything else?

Alongside the VisionS at Geneva will be the Octavia RS 4x4, a natural gas-powered Octavia called the G-TEC and a mildly ruggedised version of the Fabia Combi, called the ScoutLine.

Published on February 18, 2016
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