Tony O'Kane | Feb 3, 2016

Czech manufacturer Skoda has released the first sketches of the VisionS SUV concept ahead of its global unveiling at the Geneva motor show, where it will preview an all-new seven-seat SUV for the brand.

Measuring 4700mm long, 1910mm wide and 1680mm tall, the VisionS is roughly the same size as a Mitsubishi Outlander, the second-smallest seven-seat SUV presently on the market (the Nissan X-Trail is the most diminutive).

The VisionS is, in effect, the long-awaited "Snowman" SUV that's been rumoured for a number of years.

A production future is expected with an overseas on-sale date mooted for sometime in 2017. Its arrival in showrooms will at last allow Skoda to compete in the popular seven-seat SUV category.

It will sit above the Volkswagen Tiguan-based Skoda Yeti which has, up until now, been the only true SUV in the company's line-up. The Skoda Octavia Scout, though officially classed as a medium SUV, is a crossover by design and lacks a seven-seat capability.

But while it's got the proportions of a seven-seater, the VisionS ('S' for 'SUV') show car will feature six-seat configuration with three rows of two seats each. A more conventional 2-3-2 layout will likely eventuate in the production model.

These concept artworks depict a stylised version of the actual concept car.

Don't expect the wheels to be quite so gigantic, and you'll have to imagine a few cutlines for the doors, tailgate and bonnet, but the sharp-edged design language is shared with the VisionC concept, which debuted last year as the first indication of Skoda's new styling direction.

Further details - and glimpses of its interior - will have to wait until the Skoda VisionS makes its debut at the Geneva motor show on March 3.

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