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The Skoda VisionS concept car for the Geneva Motor Show has been revealed. The SUV market is the place to be these days, and Skoda will be “gradually expanding its offering in the SUV segment”, VW’s Czech brand says. The VisionS is a preview of an upcoming production model that will sit above the Yeti.

At 4.7 metres long and 1.91 metres wide, the Skoda VisionS has a slightly larger footprint than the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. Its 2.79-metre wheelbase is slightly shorter than the premium SUVs, though, which are above 2.8m. The VisionS sits on the VW Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform and seats six in three rows. Boot volume is 460 litres.

At Geneva 2014, Skoda presented the VisionC concept that gave the design style to today’s Fabia and Superb. That design language is now being applied to the SUV segment. The headlights (LEDs) as well as the brand logo and the vertical struts in the grille are characterised by crystalline design features – a Skoda design tribute to Czech glassmakers.

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“The lines of the VisionS have evidently been inspired by the tradition of Bohemian crystal glass art and a touch of cubism: all sections are precise, sharp and clean-cut. On the strikingly contoured surfaces, the distinctive play of light and shade creates strong effects that are emphasised even further by the colour Iceland Green,” explains Skoda head of design Jozef Kaban.

Inside, the the concept car’s interior has a ‘democratic’ character where equal priority is given to all occupants. The space is divided symmetrically. The second screen for the front passenger is a novelty here.

Skoda says that it is working at full speed to launch electric production cars, but plug-in hybrids will first appear, and the VisionS is such a car.

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A 1.4 TSI engine with 156 PS/250 Nm is paired to an e-motor that provides 40 kW of continuous power and peak torque of 220 Nm. It is integrated with the six-speed DSG which transfers power to the front wheels. A second electric motor with up to 85 kW/270 Nm drives the rear axle. It works independently from the front unit, meaning the show car has 4WD without mechanical coupling.

Zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and fuel consumption of just 1.9 litres of petrol per 100 km, coupled with 45 g CO2/km are good stats. The VisionS can cover up to 50 km on electric mode alone, and up to 1,000 km max range.

A liquid-cooled 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery is mounted in the crash protection area in front of the rear axle. It contributes to the favourable weight distribution between axles and low centre of gravity. Skoda is also working on contactless, inductive recharging for future production cars.