Kez Casey | Apr 7, 2017

Skoda is preparing to unveil a concept that will point to the brand’s near-future electric plans with a new concept called the Vision E, releasing a series of sketches of the new concept ahead of its official debut

As with Skoda’s previous Vision concepts, the Vision E points to a production vehicle - in this instance a new fast-back SUV. Previously the Skoda VisionC and VisionS concepts have previewed the Superb and Kodiaq respectively.

Size-wise the Vision E is a little shorter (by 52mm) and lower (105mm) than the Kodiaq SUV, but wider overall (by 35mm), emphasizing its bold proportions, as well as riding on a longer wheelbase (59mm extra) to the benefit of passenger space.

Using the Volkswagen Group’s flexible MEB electric vehicle architecture, the Vision E incorporates a lithium-ion battery array that allows up to 500km of driving range from a single charge with front and rear electric motors endowing the Vision E with all wheel drive and an output of 225kW.

Skoda has also most recently teased the Vision E’s interior, revealing an open plan interior free from a traditional transmission tunnel owing to the MEB platform’s flat floor, and also forgoing a B-pillar to allow easier entry and egress.

A massive touchscreen display holds pride of place in the centre of the dash, giving the driver and front passenger easy access to essential functions, while each occupant also get their own secondary entertainment display, in the dash up front or in the front seatbacks for rear seat passengers.

Wireless charging pads in each door bin and smartphone connectivity to each individual display are also packed in to keep passengers entertained on long hauls.

Skoda has also built ‘level 3’ autonomous driving capabilities into the Vision E allowing it to pilot itself through traffic jams, and on highways with the ability to maintain its lane position and change lanes without driver intervention.

The full reveal for the Vision E will take place at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show.

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