New Skoda Vision iV concept previews all-electric SUV

Czech maker’s first stand-alone zero emissions model is previewed in production-focused concept, heading to the Geneva show

Skoda has released the first official images of its Geneva motor show concept: the all-electric Vision iV.

Said to provide “a specific outlook of the brand’s electric future”, the Vision iV is a more production-previewing concept than the 2017 Vision E. However, official sketches show the “four-door crossover coupe” concept’s design will be very similar to the older concept.

Though in profile the two concepts look nearly identical, the Vision iV appears to feature a traditional slatted grille design rather than the blanked-off item found on the Vision E.

A darkened image shows it will also have a full-width LED daytime running light underneath the main headlamps, while the Skoda badge at the rear is backlit in red. 

Last year, the company revealed the production version of the Vision iV, Skoda’s first standalone electric car, will be sold with both standard SUV and coupé variants, akin to the Kodiaq and (China-only) Kodiaq coupé.

First deliveries of the production model are due at the end of 2021, but it is not yet clear which variant will arrive first.

Both versions will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s electric-only MEB platform, which is being used across all of the company’s brands.

Skoda sales and marketing boss Alain Favey has previously told Autocar that the Vision E “gives a very good idea of what the EV will look like.”

Inside, the car will adopt the ‘floating’ screen seen in the Vision X concept, shown earlier this year.

Both coupé and standard SUV variants will sit between the Karoq and Kodiaq in terms of size and each will have a battery that will be capable of at least 300 miles of range.

Pricing will be comparable with that of a mid- to upper-range Kodiaq so we can expect the EV to cost from around £28,000.

Ahead of these models arriving, Skoda will launch the electric Citigo-e, a sibling of the Volkswagen e-Up and future Seat eMii. The car is largely intended for Skoda and its network to gain experience in electric cars, to make sure dealers and repairers are ready. “The real first step [into electric cars] will be with the [stand-alone SUV],” Favey has said.

Also for reveal in the coming months is a plug-in hybrid version of Skoda’s Superb flagship – likely following close after the unveiling of the standard facelifted model. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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