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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