Skoda has revealed design sketches and information about an upcoming concept car that will make its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. Called the Vision RS, the show car not only serves as another preview of the company’s electrified future, but also showcases the design language of future Skoda RS models and hints at a new compact vehicle (possibly replacing the Rapid).

Yes, the Vision RS is a plug-in hybrid, and its powertrain consists of a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI petrol engine that makes about 148 hp (150 PS), which is helped along by a 101 hp (102 PS) electric motor and a 13 kWh battery pack. The total system output is 242 hp (245 PS), while an all-electric range of 70 km (NEDC) and CO2 emissions of 33 g/km are reported.

Skoda claims a 0-100 km/h time of about 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. It adds that recharging the lithium-ion battery will take about 2.5 hours when plugged in but the specifics like connector (Type 2, CCS, etc.) and charging standards have yet to be revealed.

On the design side of things, the Vision RS doesn’t deviate too much from familiar Skoda cues, with plenty of sharp angles and creases in sight. The front face sports the brand’s trademark grille flanked by three-element headlamps, while the lower apron has a wide intake and “fang-like” protrusions close to the corners.

The rear meanwhile, features an aggressive diffuser just below some black trim that mimics the styling at the front. Inverted J-shaped taillights feature a triangle pattern close to them, leading to the uniquely-shaped rear window and Skoda lettering.

As for the interior, it’s as you’d expect of a concept, with Skoda describing its new design language as emotive. Digital displays on the dash, centre console and in the instrument binnacle are present, along with a sporty steering wheel, stubby gear lever and some ultra-modern seats. The concept also pushes for the use of sustainable materials, with recycled carbon-fibre being among those used for the interior.