With suicide doors, electric powertrain, and autonomous driving tech - this is not your typical humble Skoda.
Skoda originally unveiled the Vision E in April at the Auto Shanghai in China and now the zero-emissions concept is putting on a European suit for its appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Some styling changes have been made compared to the first version (pictured below), though these are borderline unnoticeable, at least from the two teaser images that have been released so far.
The lower LED light bar at the front seems to be moving upwards at the corners, while the alloy wheel design is different. Skoda hasn’t released an image showing the rear end, so we don’t know whether the derrière has been subjected to mild updates as well. Inside, the cabin seems to adopt a new trim on the door panels as well as on the top of the dashboard, between the two wide touchscreens. The dash’s pattern at the bottom has been modified as well, but the changes are hard to spot. It is the same story with the center console that looks a tad different.
Not only does the Vision E offer a glimpse into Skoda’s electrified future, but it also a preview of its crossover-coupe intentions thanks to that heavily sloped roofline. The updated concept will carry over the pair of electric motors pushing out a combined 306 horsepower (225 kilowatts) to both front and rear axles for a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph).
Technical details about the battery pack have not been disclosed, but at least we do know it will last for 310 miles (500 kilometers). Once depleted, the battery can be recharged inductively, thus eliminating the hassle of having to use charging cables.
Skoda will showcase the slightly modified Vision E concept beginning with September 12 at IAA in Germany. Also there will be the Yeti-killing Karoq compact crossover about to receive its auto show debut.
Skoda Vision E concept updated
European premiere for ŠKODA VISION E concept car at the IAA
Design of the study from Shanghai has been developed further
› First purely electric ŠKODA concept car
› Two electric motors with a total power output of 225 kW (306 PS)
› Range of up to 500 km, top speed of 180 km/h
› Autonomous driving at level 3 possible
› Connectivity pioneer› ŠKODA VISION E celebrates European premiere at the IAA
Mladá Boleslav, 24 September 2017 – At the IAA (12-24 September), ŠKODA is presenting its first purely electrically driven concept car that can drive autonomously at level 3 – the VISION E. The design has been developed once more following the world premiere in Shanghai. The study goes one step further into the digital future and it is a connectivity pioneer. The most eye-catching design features are the absence of a B-pillar and the opposed-opening doors. Typical of ŠKODA are the generous amount of space, the modern assistance systems and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions.
The design of the VISION E study displays distinctive characteristics of the new ŠKODA design language for electric vehicles. The opposed-opening doors and four individual swivel seats are striking features. Wing mirrors are a thing of the past – cameras relay what is happening around the car onto screens. The VISION E deliberately forgoes the B-pillar in favour of an even more generous feeling of space. Compared to the vehicle from the world premiere in Shanghai, the front has been developed further and now has even more character.
With the VISION E, ŠKODA is taking a big step into the digital future. The first electrically driven concept vehicle for autonomous driving in the company’s history shows a new level of connectivity. In addition to the dashboard screen and the central touchscreen display, which allows the driver and front passenger to read and operate all ŠKODA Connect functions and services, every occupant has their own display at their disposal. Using touchscreens, numerous convenience details such as vehicle data and entertainment can be operated. A Phonebox that charges smartphones inductively is integrated into each door. At the same time, the box serves as an interface that allows passengers to access their mobile devices’ personal settings, data and information conveniently on the individual touchscreen displays.
Many further features signal that the future is already here. The infotainment systems can be operated using voice and gesture controls, for example. Cameras monitor the driver all the time and check on their fitness and alertness using Eye Tracking. The Driver Alert system warns the driver of tiredness. The VISION E even comes with a digital doctor: the heart rate monitor slows the vehicle down automatically, should the driver experience any health problems. Just like in many ŠKODA production models, the VISION E occupants are of course ‘always online’ thanks to a Wi-Fi hotspot and LTE module.
With a length of 4,668 mm, a width of 1,924 mm and a height of 1,591 mm the VISION E exudes great presence. Due to the long wheelbase of 2,851 mm and the short front and rear overhangs the technicians were able to create – as is standard with a ŠKODA – an extremely generous and comfortable interior. Due to the concept, there is no transmission tunnel which creates a ŠKODA-typical generous amount of space in the front and the rear.
Electric motors with a total power output of 225 kW (306 PS) drive all four wheels of the concept car. The range of up to 500 km and the top speed of 180 km/h are impressive. The VISION E allows for autonomous driving at level 3. On motorways, the autopilot system enables the concept car to autonomously accelerate, steer, brake and even avoid obstacles. The Car Park Autopilot finds free parking spaces and directs the vehicle there automatically. The VISION E is charged inductively.
The ŠKODA VISION E celebrates its European premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt. The ŠKODA press conference takes place at midday on 12 September 2017 in pavilion 3.