Design study to feature brand-first hybrid tech
The Skoda Vision X concept has been teased again, this time with details about the new SUV's hybrid powertrain.
In a first for the brand, the Vision X will combine petrol, compressed natural gas (CNG) and electric power, making for CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.
Skoda says the hybrid drivetrain combines a bi-fuel 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that is specifically designed for use with CNG, developing 96kW of power and 250Nm of torque, with two electric motors – one acting as a belt-driven starter generator.
The combustion engine powers the front axle while one of the electric motor powers the rear – allowing for front-, rear- and all-wheel drive as desired.
Skoda says the Vision X is capable of driving up to 2km on electric power, while the starter motor provides 70Nm from standstill. Meanwhile, the rear-mounted electric motor "brings 1000Nm to the road", and there's up to 650km of range from the petrol tank alone.
Despite the massive amount of torque, the company claims the Vision X accelerates from 0-100km/h in a leisurely 9.3 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 200km/h.
The Skoda Vision X will be revealed in full at the Geneva motor show next week, and is expected to preview a new crossover model to sit below the Karoq – likely sharing its underpinnings with the Audi Q2 and Volkswagen T-Roc.
In terms of future electrified models, the company has long confirmed that its flagship Superb will get a plug-in hybrid variant in 2019, with other members of its stable to get hybrid or electric versions by 2025.