Skoda Vision 7S: electric seven-seater with over 370-mile range

The electric seven-seat SUV is one of three EVs Skoda plans to launch by 2026, including an entry-level EV and compact SUV

It’s been nearly two years since the Skoda Enyaq iV was introduced, but it seems the Czech brand is finally ready to launch its follow-ups to the wildly successful electric SUV, and its coupe counterpart. Skoda has confirmed plans for three new EVs, one of which will be a seven-seater aimed at families, previewed by the new Vision 7S concept.

The Vision 7S also showcases the Czech brand’s new ‘modern solid’ design language, both inside and out, as well as its new logo, which is just text opposed to the signature winged arrow. Overall, the Vision 7S’s look is more rugged and squared-off compared to the Enyaq iV, but its pared-back design is to emphasise the “simplicity and value” of Skoda’s new EVs, so the brand says.

Skoda’s signature sculpted bonnet design has been carried over from the Enyaq, but below that is a wider, narrowed blanked off grille. It’s called the Tech Deck, because it conceals all the myriad sensors and cameras for the concept’s driver assistance systems.

Below that is a slotted skidplate with open vertical slats that serve as air inlets, used to help cool the key components under the car and its brakes. The T-shaped LED headlight design is also new for the concept, which is replicated at the rear, with a similar design for the vertical taillights that look very similar to those on the latest Range Rover SUV.

Like a lot of concept cars, the Vision 7S features a set of coach doors, which is one of a handful of elements that we don’t expect to reach production. Chief among these is the 6+1 seating layout, which includes three rows of two seats, plus a baby seat attached to the centre console. The road-going car is more likely to have a third seat in the middle row in order to be a proper seven-seater.

Inside, there’s a 14.6-inch touchscreen mounted in the centre of the dash, which if you switch from Drive to Relax mode rotates from vertical to horizontal orientation like the Fisker Ocean or BYD Atto 3’s screens. Switching cabin modes also see the front-row seats rotate slightly inboard to allow their occupants to watch content more easily, plus the steering wheel and instrumental panel retract into the dash to create more room.

The steering wheel has a new two-spoke design that could very well make production, and behind it sits an 8.8-inch digital driver’s display. On the centre console you’ll find a set of rotary dials for controlling key functions, plus a dual-smartphone wireless charging pad. Some typically Skoda ‘Simply Clever’ features include backpacks integrated into the seat backs, and magnets dotted around the cabin to help hold everything from smartphones to metal water bottles securely in place. 

There’s extensive use of recycled and sustainable materials throughout the cabin, too, including seat fabric made from 100% recycled polyester and dark artificial leather for the dashboard. In keeping with the removal of the chrome badge at the front, the cabin also features matte paint in all areas where there would currently be shiny plastic.

The Vision 7S uses the same MEB underpinnings as the Enyaq iV, Cupra Born and VW ID. Buzz among many others, and we expect the production version will do the same. The concept car has an 89kWh battery, delivering a predicted range of more than 370 miles, according to Skoda. Skoda also says the concept can also recharge at speeds of up to 200kW, which is significantly faster than anything else on the MEB platform, but still behind the latest Hyundai and Kia’s charging speeds. 

As we mentioned, Skoda’s EV line-up will have three new additions by 2026. As well as the seven-seater, it will be introducing an entry-level EV in 2025, which will be a sister car to the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.1 supermini and Cupra UbranRebel. Skoda has also plans for a compact electric SUV, however, details on that particular model are thin on the ground for the time being. We also expect facelifted versions of the Enyaq SUV and Enyaq Coupe to arrive before 2026, too.

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