Skoda Vision X SUV revealed ahead of Geneva launch
After a series of teasers, Skoda has taken the wraps off the Vision X SUV ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show. Based on the same edition of the Volkswagen Group MQB platform as the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc, the new manufacture model will be the third in Skoda’s SUV line; beneath the India-bound Karoq and the Kodiaq, which is already on sale.
The Geneva concept’s innovative powertrain is planned to carry focus to the way increasingly tightening regulations on CO2 emissions in the European Union are set. The CNG hybrid system in the Vision X features a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that runs on CNG and drives the front axle with 127hp and 249Nm of torque.
The power train has a 0-100kph time of 9.3sec, with a top speed of 200kph and a claimed CO2 output of 89g/km. Martin Hrdlicka, Skoda’s head of powertrains, said the decision to use the CNG hybrid system on the Vision X was, in part, to showcase a way to effectively bring four-wheel drive to smaller vehicles. “Four-wheel-drive machines make up 10 percent of Skoda sales. There’s no 4WD in the entry-level A segment, so this can help us offer a car of that size with four-wheel drive.”
While officially a design study for an ‘urban’ compact crossover, the exterior of the Vision X gives heavy hints at what the production version of Skoda’s upcoming compact crossover will look like. The front of the car – the grille, in particular, (although on the Vision X it is made from a single piece of glass) and ‘power dome’ on the bonnet – echoes the Karoq and Kodiaq. But there are some design features new to Skoda. The lights have been raised, with thin daytime running lights and indicators above the main headlights. At the rear, the Vision X features L-shaped tail-lights that line up with a similarly shaped bumper reflector. Notably, the rear bootlid of the concept doesn’t feature a Skoda logo; it has the full brand name spelt out, instead. The interior of the Vision X features elements likely to be adopted by Skoda’s future production models. The wide dashboard contains a large, centrally-located touchscreen, sitting above a small ‘wing’, which is designed to rest a hand on, while using the screen.