Skoda has revealed its Vision 7S concept, which showcases a new design language and logo, and previews a new all-electric seven-seat “family car” due by 2026.
The Skoda Vision 7S concept is said to honour the traditional Skoda values of robust looks, functionality, and authenticity, but present them in a “completely new form”.
At the front of the Vision 7S concept there’s a new “Tech-Deck Face” which includes a reworked version of the traditional Skoda grille.
Compared to the current design, the new grille is “significantly flatter and wider” and has interchanged its vertical strakes for dark glass elements that cover the car’s sensors.
Skoda says the Tech-Deck Face helps to deliver an “even more refined aerodynamic shape than before”.
Underneath the new grille are seven vertical openings that act as air intakes for the radiator and brakes. The central opening is highlighted in a bright orange colour.
On the bonnet and boot there’s Skoda lettering, which is the new typographic logo that’ll appear on communication materials, before rolling out on new Skoda models from 2024.
Around the side, the Vision 7S concept has aerodynamic 22-inch wheels, rear coach doors, and air outlets above the side skirts that can open and extract heat from the battery – or close to act as running boards for passengers.
At the rear are T-shaped tail lights that look similar from some angles to those on the new-generation Range Rover. The headlights are T-shaped too.
Inside, the Skoda Vision 7S concept has a new interior design with a 14.6-inch central touchscreen, 8.8-inch Virtual Cockpit, augmented-reality head-up display, rectangular two-spoke steering wheel, as well as an integrated child seat on the second-row centre console.
In the standard ‘Drive’ mode, the 14.6-inch central touchscreen is in portrait mode, but with a push of a button it can rotate to landscape as part of the ‘Relax’ mode.
This ‘Relax’ mode is intended to be used when the car is parked. In addition to rotating the touchscreen, the dash physically retracts away from the passengers, the front seats swivel inwards and recline, and the second row seats recline.
The infotainment system can also be operated by a smartphone in ‘Relax’ mode.
There are also an array of ‘Simply Clever’ features in the seven-seat interior with magnetised phone holders in the second and third rows, backpacks that attach to the seat backs using magnets, and interactive door panels that can be written on with a finger.
The Skoda Vision 7S concept is finished in a metallic matte Explorer Green exterior paint colour, with decorative interior elements given a subtle metallic matte finish too.
The interior is also trimmed with a range of sustainable materials including recycled tyre veneer on the floor and boot, faux leather on the dashboard, and recycled polyester yarn on the middle part of the seats, door panels and dashboard.
Skoda hasn’t provided many technical details about the Vision 7S concept apart from the fact it’s based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MEB platform, and has a 89kWh battery pack.
The Czech carmaker claims the Vision 7S concept also has a range of more than 600km according to WLTP testing and can be charged at speeds of just under 200kW.
The production car that’s based on the Skoda Vision 7S will form as one of the three all-electric cars Skoda plans to launch by 2026.
The other two EVs include a compact SUV, which will reportedly be called the Elroq, and a small car, which was recently teased and is expected to be based on the MEB Small platform that’ll be shared with the Cupra UrbanRebel and an entry-level Volkswagen model.
Skoda also announced it wants to have over 70 per cent of its models in Europe to be all-electric by 2030.
In addition to the all-electric news, the Czech carmaker announced it plans to launch new versions of the Superb and Kodiaq in 2023, as well as a “modernised” Octavia in 2024.
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