Skoda previews upcoming crossover at the Geneva Motor Show
Skoda has revealed pictures of the Vision X Concept, giving us our closest look yet of what we can expect the company’s upcoming crossover to look like when it arrives in 2019. There’s no news on a name just yet, although sources suggest it could either be called the Amiq or Anuq.
Set to be Skoda’s answer to the Seat Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc, the concept features a hybrid drivetrain that makes use of CNG (compressed natural gas) – an alternative to petrol that could significantly decrease CO2 output in the future.
Smaller than both of Skoda’s current SUVs – the Karoq and Kodiaq – the Czech company says the concept is a new ‘hybrid study’, but we know it’ll use the same underpinnings as the Seat Arona and upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc when it makes it into production.
Style-wise, it develops on some of Skoda’s current design cues, featuring the twin-headlight arrangement that’s become an integral feature of its current line-up. At 4,250mm long, it’ll be larger than the Arona and T-Roc, with Skoda promising class-leading practicality.
If anything the design is sharper than the Karoq, with a more angular grille and a contoured side profile. Skoda says this design is inspired by ‘traditional Czech glasswork’.
The concept gets large 20in alloy wheels and flush door handles, much like the Range Rover Velar. This being a concept however, means those probably won’t make it onto the production car.
We’ve only seen a sketch of the interior, but a large freestanding infotainment system dominates the centre of the dash, while the driver also gets a screen-based digital display. A large panoramic sunroof also features. Skoda says the interior’s design is inspired by “traditional Czech glasswork”.
The Vision X features a 1.5-litre engine that’s specifically designed to run on CNG (compressed natural gas). It also gets a mild-hybrid 48V system which will boost power by up to 27bhp courtesy of two electric motors, and short journeys will be completed on electric power alone.
The combination of the CNG mild-hybrid powertrain gives the Vision X a 0-62mpg time of 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 120mph. Emissions will be as low as 90g/km of CO2, and it’ll have a range of around 370 miles.
Skoda has previously unveiled plans for every fourth vehicle the brand delivers to have a plug-in hybrid or electric drivetrain by 2025.
No doubt the production version of the Vision X will be available with a range of petrol and diesel drivetrains too, although Skoda says that a CNG production model will be a viable option from 2020.
Due in 2019, we’ll be able to bring you further details when the concept as and when they’re revealed. You can check out Skoda lease deals now by clicking here.