Trevor Collett | Mar 1, 2016

Skoda’s VisionS concept has arrived at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing a new SUV model for the Volkswagen Group.

The concept previews the long-awaited large SUV - previously dubbed ‘Snowman’ - along with a new styling language for Skoda. The model is expected to wear the name ‘Kodiak’ in production.

As previously reported, the VisionS measures 4700mm long, 1680mm high and 1910mm wide with a 2790mm wheelbase and seating for six in a 2+2+2 set-up.

Power comes from a plug-in hybrid unit using a 115kW/250Nm 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, matched with an electric motor which is incorporated into the six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The electric motor is rated at 41kW and 220Nm, and combines with the petrol motor to drive the front wheels.

Driving the rear wheels is a second electric motor, with outputs of 85kW and 270Nm. Combined, the total available output is 166kW.

The rear motor is only in operation when the vehicle requires all-wheel-drive. Power for the electric motors comes from a 12.4kWh battery pack located in front of the rear axle.

The VisionS need 7.4 seconds to reach 100km/h from rest, and the top speed is just shy of 200km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at just 1.9 l/100km (45 g/km for CO2), and the concept can travel on electric power alone for up to 50km.

Burning petrol as well allows for a combined range of 1000km.

“We already have a successful model in the compact SUV segment with the Yeti - now we are using our expertise in 4X4 technology to develop the new SUV model”, Skoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, said.

“In terms of design, package and functionality, the VisionS bears some similarity. This study also demonstrates our most important future technologies, such as the plug-in hybrid drive system; a similar drive system is also being tested for production cars.”

Whether this means the Kodiak launches with a plug-in hybrid system on the options list or not remains to be seen. Also unclear is whether or not the new model will arrive in Australia, but the local SUV-hungry market gives it a decent chance.

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