New Skoda Vision iV concept previews electric SUV

Czech maker’s first dedicated zero-emissions model is previewed in production-focused Geneva concept

Skoda has released the first official images of its Geneva motor show concept: the 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 coupé” concept’s design will be very similar to the older concept’s.

Although 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 on the Vision E.

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

Last year, the company revealed the production version of the Vision iV will be sold with both standard SUV and coupé variants, akin to the Kodiaq and China-only Kodiaq GT.

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

Both versions will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s electric-only MEB platform, which will be 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 feature the ‘floating’ screen seen in the Vision X concept shown earlier this year.

Both versions of the model will fit between the Karoq and Kodiaq in terms of size and have a battery that will be able to provide at least 300 miles of range.

Pricing will be comparable with that of a mid-to-upper-range Kodiaq, so we can expect an entry-level price of 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 due to be unveiled in the coming months is a plug-in hybrid version of Skoda’s Superb flagship, likely following close after the unveiling of the facelifted standard model. 

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Source: Autocar Online

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