Dramatically styled concept previews a new production five-door Skoda that's planned to arrive in 2016
27 February 2014

Skoda has signalled intent to reach beyond its existing range of practical mainstream offerings with the unveiling of a dramatic-looking concept that previews a new five-door liftback. Called the VisionC, the model is currently undergoing production development and is planned to join Skoda's line-up in 2016.

The VisionC concept has been revealed on the eve of the Geneva motor show, paving the way for the introduction of the new liftback, which has been conceived to fill the gap between the Octavia and Superb in Skoda’s existing range. The development is aimed at providing the Czech car maker, which produced 920,800 cars in 2013, with greater sales reach and exposure to new customers.

Sister car to a proposed second four-door coupé-style offering from parent company Volkswagen, the new Skoda is based on the same hot-formed, high-strength steel MQB (Modularen Querbau or modular transverse architecture) platform as the Octavia, alongside which it is planned to be built.

While the basic silhouette of the concept and five-door liftback layout is expected to be brought over into production with little or no change, the detailing and rear end will be further refined.

Many of the VisionC’s design cues, including its bold chromed grille, taut surfacing treatment, precisely structured flanks and triangular theme to its lamps will be reflected on other future Skoda models.

Official dimensions are yet to be revealed, although Skoda suggests the VisionC runs to around 4700mm in length and 1820mm in width, allowing it to offer what they describe as “more than sufficient space for four adults and their luggage”.

Among the perceived rivals for the new car is the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It is intended to provide Skoda with a timely image boost following the recent expansion of its line-up with more run-of-the-mill models.  “We think it is time for a Skoda model that combines traditional practical qualities with a bold new design direction,” says Skoda boss, Winfried Vahland.

The VisionC is powered by the same engine used in the recently introduced Volkswagen Golf TGI and Audi A3 G-Tron. The 108bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder direct injection engine can run on either petrol or natural gas. Computer simulations suggest it would provide combined average consumption equivalent to 72mpg in natural gas mode, for average CO2 emissions of just 91g/km.

Suggestions are the production version of the new Skoda will eventually offer a wide range of transversely mounted four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines ranging in capacity from 1.4 to 2.0-litres. Alongside standard front-wheel drive, it will also offer four-wheel drive in combination with a range of more powerful engines, according to company officials.

Skoda also hints the VisionC will provide the basis for a new 280bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-powered four-wheel-drive performance flagship that will lead a revised line of Skoda vRS models.

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27 February 2014
For me that CGI rendering is way too Audi-like, put a bigger grille on and change the badges and it could be a facelifted A7 - I know Audis sell like hot cakes but Skoda needs its own identity, not to borrow another successful brands one.

27 February 2014
Orangewheels wrote:
For me that CGI rendering is way too Audi-like, put a bigger grille on and change the badges and it could be a facelifted A7 - I know Audis sell like hot cakes but Skoda needs its own identity, not to borrow another successful brands one.
Yep, the side profile is pure A7, the bonnet curl, raked windows, high belt line, all Audi cues. I quite liked the Volvo-esque styling of the last Octavia. Skoda are being turned too much into the poor man's Audi for my liking. They also seem to neglecting their past. This just looks like someone has had a haemorrage in Adobe Illustrator. Can't Skoda be allowed to produce sensible, pretty little notchbacks, and not this Audi (side)/Seat (front)/Lambo (rear) hybrid. I hope they can turn this round.

27 February 2014
I quite like that actually. However, is there much room between the Octavia and Superb, given that the Rapid sits where the Octavia used to be, the Octavia has grown to near-Superb size, and the Superb itself is considered quite a large car!

27 February 2014
Does look quite good, but I agree with Orange that this look far too similar to an Audi - headlights and rear 3/4 in particular. Makes you wonder if the VAG design department has run out of ideas, or are so focussed on building up Audi (highest margins) that the rest don't get their fair share of attention...

27 February 2014
Hardly! Skoda produce some of the most unimaginative concept cars there are and whilst such vehicles from other people are often too outré to make it to production, now and again one comes along which does advance the art a bit. Think C4 Cactus for example. Skoda may well have its merits but let's not pretend it is something it is not.

27 February 2014
Flatus senex wrote:
Hardly! Skoda produce some of the most unimaginative concept cars there are and whilst such vehicles from other people are often too outré to make it to production, now and again one comes along which does advance the art a bit. Think C4 Cactus for example. Skoda may well have its merits but let's not pretend it is something it is not.
It's a good looking car, and please, Skoda are in the market of providing people with what they want - look at the global sales figures.The Citroen Cactus is the only cactus i know of where you find the pricks inside......

27 February 2014
skorob wrote:
Flatus senex wrote:
Hardly! Skoda produce some of the most unimaginative concept cars there are and whilst such vehicles from other people are often too outré to make it to production, now and again one comes along which does advance the art a bit. Think C4 Cactus for example. Skoda may well have its merits but let's not pretend it is something it is not.
It's a good looking car, and please, Skoda are in the market of providing people with what they want - look at the global sales figures.The Citroen Cactus is the only cactus i know of where you find the pricks inside......
All manufacturers are in the business of providing people with what they want but if this is all makers ever did we would be still running around in Austin Sevens and the like. This particular vehicle suggests the designers are still smitten with the Peugeot 406 coupe which, although a good looking vehicle, is definitely old hat now. One last point, the Skodaites do have a regrettable tendency to (sometimes vulgar) personal abuse when people do not share their obsession. Skoda is a cheap car which serves a purpose but so do others and just as well

28 February 2014
Flatus senex wrote:
Skoda is a cheap car which serves a purpose but so do others and just as well
In what way are Skodas 'cheap'? There are a lot of cars cheaper out there, but none of them are as good allround as a Skoda is. Ask any of the 1/4 million people in the past 5 years who've bought a new one in the UK, 99% would go out and buy another. many have traded from BMW,Ford,Vauxhall, Renault, Citroen,VW and Audi themselves and say they would never go back as the Skoda is just as good or better. No offence intended to you, but EVERY consumer survey puts them at the top of the manufacturers tree, and at the moment, they are snapping at the heels of Citroen in the UK for 10th spot in the UK sales table.They have already scalped mazda, mini, Honda, Fiat and several other marques.

4 March 2014
skorob wrote:
Flatus senex wrote:
Skoda is a cheap car which serves a purpose but so do others and just as well
In what way are Skodas 'cheap'? There are a lot of cars cheaper out there, but none of them are as good allround as a Skoda is. Ask any of the 1/4 million people in the past 5 years who've bought a new one in the UK, 99% would go out and buy another. many have traded from BMW,Ford,Vauxhall, Renault, Citroen,VW and Audi themselves and say they would never go back as the Skoda is just as good or better. No offence intended to you, but EVERY consumer survey puts them at the top of the manufacturers tree, and at the moment, they are snapping at the heels of Citroen in the UK for 10th spot in the UK sales table.They have already scalped mazda, mini, Honda, Fiat and several other marques.
About 12 months ago I had to use minicabs a lot and it came as a respite when the vehicle which appeared was not a Skoda Octavia! They were hard riding with badly designed seating and below par refinement so it was always a relief when a Mondeo hove in site. Before anyone says anything, most of the vehicles concerned were new. It felt as if I had been a victim of highly effective propaganda campaign as I had expected great things of the Skoda and found, well, just a very ordinary vehicle. My own supermini, despite its low profile tyres is a better ride. One clue as to the erstwhile popularity of the Skoda amongst cabbies is the low fuel consumption. Latterly they seem to have been superseded by Hyundai.

27 February 2014
Vision C? Does the C stand for Copycat?

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