Sleek new five-door 'coupé' concept set for Geneva reveal; based on MQB platform and shows more dramatic models are under consideration
5 February 2014

This sketch is a preview of the Skoda VisionC concept that will be revealed at the Geneva motor show in early March.

Based on the same MQB platform and wheelbase as the Octavia hatchback, the new "five-door coupé" will echo the styling of the Volkswagen CC, with lower roofline, shallower side windows and more steeply raked windscreen. Unlike the VW, the new car will have a hatchback, rather than a conventional boot.

The new model is intended to provide Skoda with a much-needed glamour boost in a range that is currently dominated by well-regarded but thoroughly practical models.

Officially, Skoda says that the ‘VisionC’ design study also indicates the next step in the "development of the Skoda design language", but the firm is know to have a more rakish version of the Octavia in its product plan. 

Skoda is also likely to use this model to re-boot its high-performance vRS brand. Autocar understands that it will not be used on the next-generation Fabia supermini and the Czech carmaker will make use of the sub-brand on this new Octavia family model.

In 2011 Skoda showed its performance potential when it set a world record with a heavily modified 600bhp Octavia, hitting 227mph, securing it the title of the world’s fastest 2.0-litre forced-induction production car at the Bonneville salt flats.

The company has yet to exploit this achievement in a production car, but its rival VW Group brands are expected to show 300bhp, four-cylinder models in the near future.

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TBC

5 February 2014
Is it my imagination, or is VAG positioning Skoda as a sub-Audi brand?

5 February 2014
TBC wrote:
Is it my imagination, or is VAG positioning Skoda as a sub-Audi brand?
Suits me, Audi make some of the best looking cars around, and if Skoda can make that style more "accessible"... Rapid Spaceback has more than a hint of Audi A3 Sportback to it and this VisionC is quite Audi A5/R8.

5 February 2014
I do wonder if VW are losing the plot with Skoda. This is VERY Audi in both style and concept (i.e a coupé version of the Octavia). Whilst we're on the topic, haven't they tried a Coupé Octavia before? I seem to vaguely remember a concept?


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5 February 2014
Mini2 wrote:
I do wonder if VW are losing the plot with Skoda. This is VERY Audi in both style and concept (i.e a coupé version of the Octavia). Whilst we're on the topic, haven't they tried a Coupé Octavia before? I seem to vaguely remember a concept?
Yes, it was called the Tudor, although it was more Superb based.

5 February 2014
I was expecting something like a svelte 3-door coupe (on both the Rapid and Octavia) instead of a 5-door "coupe" or at least something a bit out of the blue and crazy like a Volkswagen BlueSport-derived rear-engined small 4-seater coupe inspired by the historically renowned Skoda 110R / Skoda 130 RS coupe-bodied rally cars.

5 February 2014
Skoda will only produce what scraps VW gives them,Skoda's only gets to do this providing it doesn't step on there toes,and besides, it won't be anywhere near what the concept images show.

Peter Cavellini.

LPC

5 February 2014
This is hinting heavily at the next Superb due in 2015 which will be a radical departure from the current car not an Octavia CC

5 February 2014
It looks to me like Skoda has intentionally styled this car rather than designed it to attempt to steer the brand to be the complete opposite of how it is perceived. Sharp lines, sharp edges, geometrical design elements unfortunately doesn't scream Skoda to me in anyway shape or form and that's sad because it shows an unoriginality and a confusion within the brand. I can't tell anymore what the brand is trying to become, is it trying to become a VW? an Audi? a SEAT? or a Lamborghini? a combination? Skoda should design the Octavia CC to be timeless and elegant rather than edgy. For me, its too aggressive and lacks elegance and real purpose, and It's confusing and a disappointment to me. However, at the end of the day, it's a business and that's emphasised by the fact that the brand is owned by VW. It looks like it was created for the Chinese market rather than the European, thus I'm intrigued as to if and how well it could sell in Europe.

5 February 2014
Skoda present a gorgeous looking concept and still the negativity.. LPC I believe is correct, this or something close to it will be produced but it won't be called an Octavia Coupe...

5 February 2014
That's the point, it isn't gorgeous to me at all. Too aggressively styled rather than designed and it could be almost any brand but it's not a Skoda. Style is subconscious and effortless. One look at this and you could tell they tried too hard and imo they failed massively. It's not personal, people just don't like it, or just don't get the concept, or are confused by what they see in terms of their brand perception. Skoda need to take note, step back and re-evaluate their design strategy. If i worked at Skoda, i would go for evolution and effortless and timelessness with maybe a few twists. This is just like unexpectedly being hit on the back of head with a bat and then not seeing who did it or how they did it.

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