Skoda VisionS concept previews new large SUV – new pictures
Offering a close preview of Skoda’s upcoming SUV, the conceptÂ will come with three rows of seats offering space for six passengers and their luggage. The VisionS features a prominent Skoda grille at the front with raked back headlights, a large lower grille with side air intakes and a long bonnet. The roofline dips towards the rear, ending in a lip spoiler. Dual rear exhausts also feature.
The car’s styling is also in line with 2014’s VisionC concept, which ushered in a new design language for the brand.
The VisionS is 4700mm long by 1910mm wide, with a height of 1680mm, making it longer, wider and lower than the Kia Sorento. In production form, Skodaâ€™s SUV will be pitched as an upmarket rival to the Sorento and its sister model, Hyundaiâ€™s Santa Fe.
Although nothing is official at this stage, Skodaâ€™s SUV, which is expected to take the Kodiaq name for production, should cost from around Â£24,000 when it goes on sale in the UK early next year. That price neatly undercuts its rivals from Kia and Hyundai, which start at Â£28,795 and Â£31,845 respectively.
The new SUV will be based on the VW Groupâ€™s MQB platform, and will share most of its underpinnings with Volkswagenâ€™s own CrossBlue, which is due to be launched later this year.
Power will come from four-cylinder engines already offered in the new Superb, with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel forming the base engine. A diesel-electric hybrid version will also be offered, and four-wheel drive will be optional on most models.
Beyond the launch of its first SUV, Skoda is already planning a more rakish five-door coupÃ© to join the range soon after the full-size version goes on sale. That car will be followed by a sportier model with tweaked styling, and the SUV family will be completed by the new Yeti, which is due to go on sale in 2018.
In a statement accompanying these images, Skoda said: “Over recentÂ years Skoda has completely renewed its model range and the next phase will involveÂ broadening the range of models in the SUV segment.”