Even the once humble Skoda is preparing a coupe-SUV mashup.

In an otherwise uninteresting press release talking about the company’s design language inspired by the Czech crystal glass art, Skoda is hiding a little gem. The adjacent image actually portraits what will be the Vision E as indicated by the photo’s filename and the keyword attached to the press release. The automaker from Mladá Boleslav does not mention “Vision E” at all in the press release itself or in the video’s description, but it does talk about its three predecessors.

The 2011 Vision D served as a preview for the Rapid and Octavia and was followed in 2014 by the Vision C to signal the arrival of the new Superb flagship a year later. As for the third and final concept, the Vision S unveiled in 2016 announced the launch of the Kodiaq seven-seat SUV. Fast forward to present day, the Vision E appears to provide an early look at a “Kodiaq Coupe,” which we know for sure will go on sale in China by 2019 as per a recently leaked slideshow from a Skoda presentation.

Skoda SUVs for China slideshow
Skoda SUVs for China slideshow

Taking into account the coupe-ified SUV will be sold in the People’s Republic (at least), it would make sense for Skoda to take the wraps off the Vision E next month at the Shanghai Auto Show. In the meantime, expect more teaser images to be released of what will be the company’s first stab at making a coupe-SUV.

As for this teaser, it reveals the side profile of the concept with a more sloped roofline compared to the Kodiaq and quite possibly a very short rear overhang. Both headlights and taillights appear to be a combination between those of the Kodiaq’s and the Superb’s. Although not visible in this single teaser image, there’s likely another set of lights at the front mounted below the main ones as seen in the SUV and in the aforementioned Vision S.

With the Auto Shanghai Expo 2017 opening its doors in less than a month, we won’t have to wait too long to discover the Vision E. Presumably, it will be all-electric.

Source: Skoda

Gallery: 2017 Skoda Vision E teaser

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ŠKODA DESIGN: Clear and emotive design language inspired by Czech crystal glass art

The brand-typical design language is constantly developing and evolving
› Precision and clarity are the fundamental principles of car design at ŠKODA
› An emotive design, full of character and with features inspired by crystal glass art

Mladá Boleslav, 23 March 2017 – ŠKODA DESIGN emphasises its commitment to a distinct design identity with continuous development of its design language. Harmonious proportions, clean-cut lines, bold contours and crystalline features are combined to create a design that places a focus on precision and clarity. One of the sources of inspiration for ŠKODA’s designers is Czech crystal glass art, which is characterised by outstanding craftsmanship. This yields an expressive, emotionally charged design which harmoniously combines aesthetics and functionality.

“Within just a few years, ŠKODA’s new design language has already yielded a number of sensational design studies which point towards the future of our brand,” said Karl Neuhold, Head of Exterior Design at ŠKODA. “Our objectives are clearly defined and we are now ready to present the next step.”

With harmonious proportions, clear contours, precise lines and clean-cut edges in both the exterior and interior, the ŠKODA DESIGN DNA demonstrates a strikingly clear and particularly distinct style. This DNA is an expression of the timeless elegance and modern functionality that is typical for ŠKODA cars. Equally characteristic are the powerful contours, which set the stage for a sensational interplay between light and shade that conveys dynamism and emotiveness. Crystalline structures can also be seen in headlights, tail lights and other features. Their crystalline, three-dimensional design gives them a high-quality character defined by modern technology and particular finesse.

Czech crystal glass art is internationally renowned and steeped in tradition. It combines classic manufacturing processes with modern aesthetics. Thus ŠKODA DESIGN pays respect to the cultural heritage of the brand’s homeland and pays tribute to the artists who create sculptures of timeless beauty through precision craftsmanship and attention to detail. To a large extent, their ability to produce high-quality, emotive works of art from simple, clear shapes chimes with the fundamental values of the Czech car brand, whose vehicles harmoniously combine aesthetics and functionality.

With this awareness of tradition and heritage, ŠKODA has developed a design language that distinguishes the brand and has already been applied to numerous concept studies. Charting its progress from the ŠKODA VISION D design study in 2011 through to the ŠKODA VISION C (2014) and ŠKODA VISION S (2016) concepts reveals a continuous development that is also reflected in the appearance of the brand’s most recent models and which will also decisively shape design at ŠKODA in future. In the near future, another concept study will enable ŠKODA to underline the constant evolution of the ŠKODA DESIGN.