Skoda plans to have four different electric vehicles, with the new Skoda Vision 7S at the top of this list.
The Czech manufacturer, Skoda, has revealed a new brand identity along with its vision for an even bigger zero-emissions seven-seater. This comes after the great success it has had with its first bespoke EV – the Enyaq.
The Skoda Vision 7S is a concept electric SUV that previews Skoda’s ambitious plan to launch three more electric vehicles by 2026. It’s larger than the Enyaq and has a “six-plus-one” seating arrangement with three rows of two seats and a baby seat mounted on top of a central “spine” that runs down the centre of the cabin.
The biggest evidence of Skoda’s new identity is at the front where there is a solid plastic element instead of the normal grille for combustion-engine cars. The company calls this feature the ‘Tech Deck’ because it hides all the sensors needed for driving assist systems.
There are also slim LED running lights on either side and then another strip that goes around encircling the main headlight units.
The power dome bonnet is a play on the fact that there’s no engine. Its leading edge features Skoda’s new corporate identity, spelled out in lettering with a flat logo instead of the traditional 3D-chrome badge.
In comparison to older Skoda models, this car has a much more refined look. You can tell by the slimline tail-lights that resemble those on the latest Range Rover.
Moving down the sides of the vehicle, you’ll see Skoda’s new lettering font on the C-pillars and pronounced sills below the doors.
Skoda’s design team is already suggesting that these could be ‘utility bars’, potentially housing outlets to power external devices.
The interior of the vehicle boasts a 14.6-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash, and both front row seats have been rotated slightly inward to allow for easier viewing of content.
The steering wheel has an updated two-spoke design that is likely to go into production, and behind it sits an 8.8 inch digital instrument panel.
The entire cabin is made of recycled and sustainable materials, with seat fabric composed of 100-percent post-consumer polyester.
The matte paint used on all surfaces where there would previously be gleaming plastic is in keeping with the elimination of the chrome badge at the front.
The third row is split into two seats, with a long centre console dividing the space between them. Backpacks are integrated into the seat backs, and magnets are used to keep everything from mobiles to metal water bottles in place.
Although the current seat layout is unlikely to be kept for production, there will undoubtedly be a third seat in the middle row.
An 89kWh battery promises a WLTP range of more than 370 miles, according to the concept vehicle.
“The Vision 7S shows the possibilities of the Modular Electrification toolkit,” says Skoda’s technology boss Johannes Neft.
Officials have already confirmed that the car is built on the same MEB architecture as everything from the Enyaq to the Cupra Born, and Neft claims it demonstrates “the potential of this technology.”
The production form of the vehicle would use the same platform, likely making it the largest MEB vehicle by a wide margin. The longer wheelbase would help to make room for a larger battery capacity.
This model is probably one of the last major models to use this set-up given that new EV components, called SSP, are being developed by VW Group and should be available in the next few years.
The battery pack is certainly able to recharge at rates of up to 200kW, which is in line with current MEB cars and somewhat slower than 800V rivals from Hyundai and Kia.
The VW Group companies are all working to increase the amount of time their EVs can operate at maximum charge rate. This would help to minimise charging times as much as possible by allowing for quicker peak speeds that can only be sustained for shorter periods, it is claimed.
By 2026, the production version of the Vision 7S will likely be the top model in a four-model electric vehicle range.
A facelifted Enyaq will follow, with new front-end styling, as well as a baby crossover that was originally designed to cost around £17,000.
There’s no news yet on the fourth car in this line-up, but it’ll most certainly be an SUV.
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