Skoda VisionS Geneva 2016

Skoda VisionS SUV concept previews new large 7-seater

Skoda VisionS Geneva 2016Skoda has revealed first images of its new 2016 Geneva Motor Show-bound VisionS concept that previews the new large SUV it will launch in early 2017.

Rumoured to be called Kodiak, the VisionS concept of Skoda’s eagerly-anticipated big brother to the popular Yeti is likely to be one of the real-world stars of next month’s Geneva show.

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Skoda’s not telling us much about it at the moment, but has confirmed it will be based on the Volkswagen Group MQB architecture. This is the same platform also used by models such as the Volkswagen Golf, new Volkswagen Tiguan and the latest Skoda Superb.

Skoda VisionS Geneva 2016

It will be 4.7 metres long – a little shorter than a Ford Mondeo – 1.91 metres wide and 1.68 metres tall. It’s thus larger than models such as a Land Rover Discovery Sport: it’s more similar in size to a larger Hyundai Santa Fe.

As it’s a concept (which it teased earlier in the month), there’s no talk of engines, but it’s safe to guess the 1.6-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TDI will feature heavily in production cars, and plug-in hybrid versions may also come in time. Both front- and four-wheel drive models will be sold.

As for prices, from around £25,000 seems a safe bet.

Previewing Skoda’s new SUV design language (that will also come to the next-gen Yeti), the VisionS is, typically for all Skodas, crisp and sharp, with clean lines that emphasise the straight rather than the curvaceous. It’s more intricately styled than most Skodas at the front though, reflecting the extra ‘jewellery’ that premium-focused SUVs need to have.

The rear is more plain: we hope Skoda brings the ‘crystal’ rear lights to production though – they look great.

No shots of the interior yet, but Skoda hasn’t blacked out the windows so we’re likely to see more of that as the Geneva show nears.

For now, share your thoughts. Is it a Skoda SUV hit or miss?

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