Skoda is readying a new small SUV that’s derived from the same underpinnings as the Seat Arona and upcoming Volkswagen T-Cross, and plans to reveal it in concept form at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next month.
The Skoda Vision X is our first look at the firm’s small SUV that’s set to debut in 2019, sitting below the Yeti-replacing Karoq and larger seven-seat Kodiaq. It’s another new sector for the Czech manufacturer.
The front evolves the Skoda SUV look first seen in those larger models; because it’s smaller, and targeting a more youthful audience, the designers have been able to be a bit more expressive, and Skoda itself says the design “advances the brand’s SUV design language”.
The concept wears 20-inch alloys, chunky bumpers and a panoramic glass roof set within an Anthracite-finished panel. It’s all apparently inspired by Czech glasswork and the vivid FlexGreen paint of the concept will also ensure there’s no missing it…
Skoda’s hinting the interior will mark a step on over today’s models. The “fundamentally new design language” has a freestanding central infotainment screen, rather than today’s integrated setups, suggesting the dashboard itself will be lower and more contoured.
The concept will showcase more cut crystal glass features, which Skoda says will incorporate some fancy atmospheric lighting effects: whether, like Volvo, it brings these to production in 2019 remains to be seen.
Skoda’s describing the Urban X as a “hybrid study”, although it’s not revealed any details about what’s powering it, other than promising that every fourth Skoda by 2025 will have a plug-in hybrid or fully electric drivetrain. Will the Urban X be the firm’s first plug-in hybrid?
As for the name, speculation continues. A while back, Skoda apparently trademarked the name ‘Polar’, although this would clash with its current two SUVs’ ‘K’ names. The Motoring Research starter for 10 is thus ‘Kolar’; expect more guesses in the build-up to the Geneva Motor Show in early March.
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