The Skoda Vision E concept, previewed through sketches over the past month, has made its Shanghai motor show debut today.
Designed in Skoda’s homeland of the Czech Republic, the Vision E builds on the styling themes of the company’s latest offerings, in particular the Kodiaq, while adding a number of character features that point to the concept’s future-focused intent.
Although it appears more compact in these images, the Vision E measures 4688mm long, 1917mm wide, 1550mm tall, and rides on a 2850mm wheelbase.
Compared to the 4697mm-long Kodiaq, the Vision E is only a touch shorter front-to-back but rides on a 59mm longer wheelbase.
The Vision E is also 35mm wider, and has a roof that’s 126mm closer to the ground, and uses a 59mm longer wheelbase.
Giving new meaning to Skoda’s green branding, the Vision E is an electrified vehicle, with two electric motors delivering a combined 225kW of power.
The Vision E is built on Volkswagen’s new EV-focused MEB platform and is fuelled by liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery cells in the floor, claiming a potential driving range of up to 500 kilometres.
Handily, the Vision E also employs an inductive charging system, allowing the vehicle to be charged simply by parking over a specialised pad rather than via a plug-in cord.
The Vision E is also promised to offer a first look at the company’s autonomous driving plans, with a level three focus that will allow the car to steer, brake and accelerate for itself on motorways, in traffic jams, swerve as necessary, and automatically change lanes and overtake.
As a concept, the Vision E’s cabin is a paradise of digital displays, spanning the breadth of the dash. Although unlikely to debut in quite so overwhelming a form, we might expect to see a version of this setup in Skoda’s future.
The Vision E’s production future is still to be confirmed, but its electric driving technology is a sure thing. In 2019, we’ll see a plug-in hybrid EV variant of the Superb, and a pure-electric Skoda car will follow in 2020. Four more will follow before 2025.
We’ll update this article when the Vision E goes official.