At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March, Skoda will unveil a new concept called Skoda Vision X.
Skoda has come a long way in the last 5 years. I recall when I was a Volkswagen dealer from 2008 till 2015, Skoda and it’s dealers were a bit of a joke. How times change. Rather than being next in the model queue, Skoda has taken some significant steps recently. Skoda Kodiaq is one that Volkswagen dealers haven’t received as yet and this new concept vehicle, the Skoda Vision X looks like a production-ready vehicle which will be displayed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The story that follows is from the folks at IAB.com via their contacts in Europe. However, don’t except the Skoda Vision X on your local Skoda dealers showroom any time this year. Connections suggest that the Vision X may launch in late Autumn in Europe with a late 2019 launch date in right-hand drive markets such as Australia.
“The Skoda Vision X concept brings the company’s design language for SUVs to the small SUV segment. The front fascia is characterized by the signature Butterfly radiator grille featuring double vertical struts flanked by twin headlamps consisting of slim and edgy DRLs on the top and angular main lights in the mid-section, a wide-mouth lower grille with silver garnish at the ends, silver skid plate and strong character lines on the hood.
From the sides, the Skoda Vision X concept is reminiscent of the Seat Arona, but it does not have a similarly rising belt line towards the rear. 20-inch alloy wheels and large fenders add to the masculinity of the SUV. At the rear, the SUV features twin rear light-like setup, silver skid plate, and dual trapezoidal exhausts. Inside, a two-spoke flat-bottomed steering wheel, the notably large and nearly bezel-less central display for the infotainment system and a minimalistic design for the centre console give it a futuristic look. There are green accents on various elements to go with the FlexGreen exterior color.
The Skoda Vision X concept’s production version will slot below the Skoda Karoq as a VW T-Cross and Seat Arona rival. It will ride on the MQB platform and likely sell with 95 PS/110 PS 1.0L TSI, 150 PS 1.5L TSI Evo and 110 PS 1.6L MPI petrol engines, 90 PS 1.0L TSI petrol-CNG engine and a 1.6L TDI diesel engine in 95 PS and 115 PS versions. Availability of an AWD system is unlikely in this model.”
The Skoda Vision X concept-based B-SUV could arrive sometime late in 2019″
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