New crossover design study to debut in Geneva

The Skoda Vision X concept has been revealed in designer drawings, ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva motor show next month.

Said to preview a new "urban crossover", the Vision X also sets the direction for Skoda's next generation of SUVs – headlined by a two-tier headlight cluster, "distinctive bumpers", "dominant side sills"and "precise lines".

According to Skoda, the edgy look and three-dimensional bodywork were inspired by traditional Czech glasswork. Massive 20-inch alloys fill the arches, while the eye-catching paintwork is dubbed 'FlexGreen'.

There are obvious links to the current SUV range at the rear – including the Kodiaq and Karoq – largely due to the sharp creases in the tailgate, slim and angular tail-lights, and chunky rear bumper.

In the sketches, the rear bumper also incorporates a diffuser-style treatment with dual exhaust outlets, though it's unclear at this stage whether the openings will be functional or ornamental – think Audi Q5.

Inside, the Vision X debuts a whole new interior design language, too. There's a massive floating centre display and a minimal approach to physical buttons and dials, along with a new steering wheel design and a fully-digital instrument cluster.

Skoda hasn't quite given a timeline of when to expect the production version of this model, nor what it will be called, though we can expect that the Vision X previews the Czech brand's version of the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc/T-Cross.

Such a model would compete with the likes of the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota C-HR, along with Europe's best-selling crossover – the Nissan Qashqai.

In the meantime, Australians can expect the larger Karoq (above) to arrive in local showrooms around June 2018, priced from around the $30,000 mark.

While it's early days, we could expect a sub-Karoq crossover from Skoda to be priced around the $25,000 bracket, making it one of, if not the most affordable European SUVs one could buy in Australia.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Geneva motor show next month.