Skoda is preparing to steal some of Volkswagen’s thunder and tackle the compact SUV market with its latest concept vehicle headed for the Geneva motor show next month.
Shown in sketches ahead of its official debut in Switzerland, the Vision X urban crossover is a glimpse of the Czech maker’s future design direction but also a preview of its upcoming small SUV to rival the Mazda CX-3, Toyota C-HR and Audi Q2, as well as parent company Volkswagen Group’s own T-Roc that's due for release later this year.
In typical concept car style, the small SUV is clad in bright ‘FlexGreen’ paint and sits on guard-filling 20-inch alloys that the company says is “presented as the ideal companion for an active, urban lifestyle.”
Skoda also says the Vision X “defines a fundamentally new design language”, though most of the elements are recognisable from current Skoda parts but with a twist, such as the front split twin-LED headlights which are slimmer in profile to the current Kodiaq and a familiar chrome grille that sits atop a chunky lower bumper.
The rear also takes influence from the large SUV but with more distinct crease lines and curves ‘inspired by traditional Czech glasswork’, while a large panoramic sunroof, roof rails and twin exhaust tailpipes add a sporty look.
Inside introduces a new minimalist interface that removes some of the buttons and clutter thanks to a wide centre-mounted landscape-oriented infotainment display with touch-input interface. The interior also adds illuminated glass trims and digital instrument cluster for customisable lighting effects and a relaxed atmosphere.
A production version will follow that sits on Volkswagen’s MQB A0 platform but won’t come to market until Volkswagen releases its new T-Roc SUV first. No official name has surfaced yet but expect an edgy badge to complement the Kodiaq and Karoq siblings.
Further details are yet to be released but keeping in-line with company’s 2025 electrified future strategy it will come with at least one hybrid powertrain and likely a variety of smaller petrol and diesel engines.
Tune in to TMR next month as we bring you all the details from the 2018 Geneva motor show.
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