Skoda Vision iV: new concept unveiled at Geneva

Skoda Vision iV concept previews second bodystyle for forthcoming electric SUV, due in 2021

The Skoda Vision iV concept has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, previewing the Czech brand’s first electric car.

The Vision iV has two electric motors – one for the front wheels and another for the rears – produce a combined 302bhp, which results in a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 112mph. An 82kWh lithium-ion battery returns up to 310 miles of range according to WLTP testing, with a 0-80% rapid charge possible in as little as half an hour.

The Vision iV previews the second of two bodystyles for Skoda’s first electric car, with the other being a more spacious vehicle similar in size to the Skoda Kodiaq SUV. A production vehicle is set to emerge in 2021. The MEB underpinnings are the same as those being used for the forthcoming I.D. family of electric vehicles from parent company Volkswagen, as well as the new electric car from SEAT.

The Vision iV’s coupe-SUV design includes several elements often found on concept cars, such as doors without handles, rear-view cameras instead of wing mirrors, massive “aerodynamically optimised” 22-inch wheels and LED headlights.

Skoda says the Vision iV showcases a more “emotional” design, featuring sharper bumpers and restyled LED lights at the front and rear. The Vision iV is aiming for a sportier look than the one modelled on the Vision E concept two years ago.

Inside, the car's infotainment system hovers on top of the dashboard, with the conventional centre console ditched in favour of floating central column. A two-spoke steering wheel sits in front of a digital instrument cluster, displaying charging information and directions from the sat nav.

Bucket seats are mounted in such a way that they can swivel on the spot, and Skoda says environmentally friendly materials have been used in the construction of the floor mats and upholstery. The Vision iV concept can charge two smartphones wirelessly, and connect both to the infotainment system at the same time. Meanwhile, storage can be found underneath the central column.

‘Level 3’ autonomous driving is included, with cameras and lasers allowing the Vision iV to take control of its own steering, accelerating and braking on motorways. Other technological features include parking assistance, traffic-jam assistance, in-car gesture control and voice recognition.

When Skoda's electric models arrive, the practical, Kodiaq-sized model will be launched first, followed by this more coupe-like version that sacrifices some space for its extra style.