Based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform, the new Skoda Vision X concept previews the company’s future urban compact SUV.
After introducing Kodiaq and Karoq SUVs, Skoda has unveiled an all-new SUV – Vision X at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the versatile MQB platform that also underpins the Seat Arona and VW T-ROC, the Skoda Vision X will be the third SUV from Skoda. It will be slotted below the Karoq SUV, which will also go on sale in India in 2019.
Skoda claims that the Vision X is a design study for an ‘urban’ compact crossover. The design hints toward the company’s upcoming compact crossover. Upfront is a signature grille and ‘power dome’ on the bonnet, which resembles the Karoq and Kodiaq. It comes with raised headlights with thin DRLs and indicators. At the back, the Skoda Vision X has L-shaped tail-lights and bumper reflector. Also Read – Skoda Karoq India Launch & Other Details
In terms of proportions, the Vision X is 4,250mm in length, 1,500mm in height and 1,800mm in width. The new model sits on a longer wheelbase of 2,645mm, while the wheelbase of VW T-ROC and Arona stands at 2,590mm and 2,566mm respectively. Also Read – Skoda Kodiaq Review: The Sophisticated SUV!
Inside the cabin, the SUV gets wider dashboard that has a large, centrally-located touchscreen infotainment system along with a small wing, which is designed to rest a hand on, while operating the screen. It has a 2+2 seating layout and long boards in the boot.
The Skoda Vision X is powered by a CNG hybrid system, which features a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that runs on CNG. It is capable of producing 127bhp of power and 249Nm of torque. This engine is supported by two electric motors, a belt-driven starter-generator that powers the front axle. The second 26.6bhp electric motor powers the rear axle. This powertrain is designed and developed to address the issue of tightening regulations on CO2 emissions in the European Union.
This system comes with front-wheel-drive layout as standard, while the four-wheel-drive option is available using the rear electric motor for acceleration or traction. The SUV is also claimed to run for around 2km in electric-only rear-wheel drive. It is claimed to achieve 0-100kmph in just 9.3 seconds before hitting a top speed of 200kmph.
The CNG is placed in two tanks – one under the rear seat and one behind the rear axle. The electric motor is equipped with a 48V, 1.5kWh lithium-ion battery, which is recharged under braking. It also has a reserve petrol tank, which ensures the powertrain will start in cold weather. The SUV is claimed to have a total range of around 644km.