Skoda might make more headlines at the Geneva Motor Show this year for its Kamiq compact crossover, but it’s the Vision iV that deserves attention. Signaling Skoda’s electrification agenda, the crossover looks sleek and futuristic.
Skoda is yet to showcase a production EV, but if the Vision iV is anything to go by, we can expect the end product to look radical, at the least. The Vision iV will also be Skoda’s very first vehicle riding on the Volkswagen MEB platform.
Skoda is getting ready to mark its entry into the electrified segment with this bold Vision iV concept.
The Skoda Vision iV employs two electric motors, one over each axle. The concept features an all-wheel-drive system and integrates the flat lithium-ion battery pack into its underbody. The battery lasts until 500km according to WLTP cycle. Since it sits underneath the cabin, it doesn’t eat up precious interior space.
Concept cars are, of course, full of radical details that rarely ever make it to production. The Vision iV is no different, featuring bold 22-inch wheels and illuminated grille. The sharp bodywork with a multitude of creases and lines will also not see the light of day. Today’s necessity is to create electric vehicles with conventional designs so as to ease buyers into the transition from gas-guzzling cars. However, this does not mean that Skoda will launch a plain old crossover with an electric powertrain. Some of the concept’s design lines can already be seen on new products such as the Scala compact hatchback.
Inside, Skoda has chosen to go with a minimalist theme. The bare-yet functional interior is surprisingly futuristic for Skoda, distinctly different that its usual dashboard design. It goes to show the Czech car manufacturer is willing to step out of its comfort zone with some drastic changes to interiors to keep up with the times.
Minimal interiors, maximum style: Skoda's new interior design language is simply brilliant.
Skoda is planning to launch as many as 10 electrified models by the end of 2022, with the Superb PHEV spearheading the charge. The plug-in saloon is expected to hit dealer floors later in 2019. The first model driven purely by electricity will arrive sometime in 2020.