We’ve come down pretty hard on Skoda over the past years for its rather lack in creativity as far as the designs of the cars it has built in the past. But to its credit, Skoda has made some strides on that end, culminating in the debut of the VisionC Concept.
Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show , the VisionC Concept offers the kind of distinctive design that Skoda has lacked in recent years. It still has some ways to go, but we see where the effort is being made as far as developing a new language that will be adopted for future Skoda models down the road.
So there should be a lot of props Skoda’s way, not only because it’s finally thinking more out-of-the-box, but because it has tangibly created a concept that shows it’s ready to give its models the design language they deserve. Props also have to head Volkswagen ’s way, as it is finally allowing Skoda the opportunity to move forward.
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As a a prototype built to demonstrate the future of Skoda’s design and visual aesthetic, the Vision C Concept answers a lot of our skepticism about the current state of design in Skoda. The VisionC was designed as a sleek four-door sedan with coupe-like dynamics, some obvious Audi styling cues and a front end that finally has some attitude to it.
We especially found the sharp headlight detail as a refreshing new look for Skoda. In addition, body lines on the sides of the concept gives a more pronounced look, exuding the kind of broad confidence we haven’t seen from the company in quite some time.
While not clearly visible from the photos, Skoda also says that the VisionC Concept comes with a large trunk and excellent loading capacity, calling cards of the company for many years.
As for the rear, the design is pretty minimalistic but very effective nonetheless. The sharp curves make a dramatic turn just above the rear bumper and the integrated taillights just underneath the bumper are perfectly suited for its location, not giving too much of its presence, but still working to full effectivity.
According to Skoda, the VisionC Concept will be powered by a relatively small, 1.4-liter TSI engine that’s been specifically tuned to be more of a fuel efficient powertrain than a performance-oriented one. Complete power numbers have not been announced yet, but it looks like the concept’s engine will allow it to produce 110 horsepower and somewhere around 100 pound-feet of torque, presumably allowing it to hit 60 mph in over 10 seconds to go with a top speed of somewhere around 110 mph.
It’s too early to tell what kind of competitors the VisionC Concept will have but for the purposes of comparison, you can point to a Honda Accord is an ideal measuring stick for the vehicle since the Japanese model is considered a vital competitor in this segment of the market. The new Accord is now being offered with improvements for both the exterior and interior, as well as a choice of two engines: a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 177 horsepower and a 3.5 liter, V-6 engine with an output of 271 horsepower.
Those numbers are a lot more than what Skoda reportedly has on the VisionC, giving credence to the thought that just because the concept isn’t fully ready yet, it doesn’t mean that Skoda is done working on it.
Gallery Honda Accord
While its unlikely that Skoda will green light the VisionC Concept in the near future, we can at lest look forward to knowing that from here, Skoda will have a new-look for a lot of its models based on the VisionC. We don’t want to say better late than never, but in this instance, adage holds true.
- Dynamic front end
- Minimalistic yet functional rear
- Finally looks like a head-turner
- No plans of production
- Hard to put faith on Skoda for now
- Other models available
Gallery Skoda VisionC
As a part of the most comprehensive model campaign in the brand’s history, ŠKODA is renewing and expanding its model range. The design language of the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ introduces the next evolutionary step in ŠKODA design: The design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional and underpins the dawn of the brand. At the same time the five-door Coupé concept demonstrates the possibilities in innovative and emotional chassis design.
For more than 100 years, ŠKODA has been manufacturing cars with high demands on design. ŠKODA is once again emphasising the traditional brand’s expertise in design and engineering through the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ design concept.
We are signalling the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA’s design language with ‘ŠKODA VisionC’, and thus highlighting the dawn of the brand. The vehicle demonstrates the company’s outstanding design and engineering expertise, and underpins the dynamism and value of one of the world’s longest-established automotive companies." says Prof. Dr. h.c. Windried Vahland, ŠKODA CEO.
As a five-door Coupé, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion.
In addition to its creative ambition, the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ impressively demonstrates the ŠKODA engineers’ concept of ingenuity; design, engineering, space, functionality and the emotional coupé shape combine in compelling unity. The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ provides plenty of room for four people and their luggage.
The large boot and excellent loading capacity are characteristic of ŠKODA. Modern MQB technology, approaching series-produced drive systems, low weight and optimized aerodynamics also demonstrate the high potential of responsible individual mobility.
Under the bonnet, we find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine. On natural gas, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per 100 kilometre, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. ŠKODA has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today’s conventional drive technology.