Skoda’s new electric-car concept is due for launch by 2026 as the company’s flagship SUV, with a driving range of more than 600km.
The Skoda Vision 7S concept has been revealed overnight, previewing the company’s future flagship electric SUV.
Owned by German car giant Volkswagen, Czech company Skoda is aiming to differentiate itself from other companies within the VW Group with a new design language previewed by the Vision 7S electric SUV.
Due to be released before 2026, the Czech company says the production version of the Skoda Vision 7S concept could offer more than 600km of claimed driving range from an 89kWh battery pack.
It could serve as an electric successor to today’s Skoda Kodiaq large SUV, which was launched in 2016 – and based on normal model cycles, is due for replacement by a brand-new model in 2023 or 2024.
According to Skoda, the Vision 7S will be one of the company’s last models to be based on Volkswagen’s MEB electric platform – currently used by the Skoda Enyaq iV electric SUV (due in Australia in 2024), the Volkswagen ID range of electric models and Audi’s Q4 E-Tron.
New S-K-O-D-A badges on the Vision 7S concept’s bonnet and boot will be used on the company’s cars from 2023, signalling the end of the brand’s “winged arrow” emblem which has been used since 1926.
The Vision 7S follows a common SUV design trend by fitting black plastic cladding to the lower portions of its bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches – which is thicker than that fitted to current Skoda SUV models.
The bottom of the Skoda Vision 7S concept’s doors are inset from the top of the side skirts, creating channels which have been designed to draw hot air away from the car’s battery pack.
A rear spoiler fitted to the electric SUV’s roof bears resemblance to some other new electric cars, while the 22-inch aerodynamic wheels are somewhat similar in design to the Skoda Kodiaq RS large SUV.
The electric car’s interior features seating for up to seven people in a two-two-three arrangement, with occupants gaining access to the car through its traditional front doors and rear-hinged back doors.
A 14.6-inch touchscreen is mounted vertically on the Skoda Vision 7S’s dashboard when ‘drive’ mode is engaged, rotating to a horizontal position when the car is in its ‘relaxation’ mode.
An 8.8-inch digital instrument display and rectangular steering wheel with haptic controls are positioned in front of the driver.
The backs of the car’s second and third-row seats are magnetic – allowing rear occupants to attach entertainment devices to them, such as tablets – while an integrated child seat is fitted to the centre console.
Bucket seats are fitted to the first and second row, featuring the ability to recline when the aforementioned ‘relaxing’ mode is engaged, angling occupants towards the front touchscreen.
As reported earlier this year, Skoda Australia plans to bring the electric Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupe iV to local showrooms from the second half of 2023, or early 2024.
The electric SUVs will join an array Volkswagen MEB platform-based models to arrive in Australia, coming after the Cupra Born (due in early 2023), and at a similar time to the Volkswagen ID.4 and ID.5.