Skoda has provided a close preview of its upcoming 'Kodiaq' SUV with a thinly disguised concept car

The Skoda VisionS concept made its debut at the Geneva motor show, offering a close preview of Skoda's upcoming SUV, which is expected to be called Kodiaq.

The concept will come with three rows of seats offering space for six passengers and their luggage. The VisionS is 4700mm long by 1910mm wide, with a height of 1680mm, making it longer, wider and lower than the Kia Sorento. In production form, Skoda’s SUV will be pitched as an upmarket rival to the Sorento and its sister model, Hyundai’s Santa Fe.

Read our first drive review of the concept car here

Powering the concept is a hybrid powertrain which mixes a 154bhp/184lb ft 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 54bhp/162lb ft electric motor mounted within the six-speed DSG gearbox housing. A second 114bhp electric motor is located on the rear axle, giving a combined system output of 222bhp and lending the VisionS a so-called 'smart' four-wheel drive system which requires no mechanical coupling. 

Skoda claims the VisionS can reach 62mph in 7.4 sec with a top speed of 124mph. CO2 emissions are rated at 45g/km. The VisionS is capable of travelling up to 31 miles on electric power alone, with a combined range of 621 miles.

As with most electric and hybrid vehicles, drivers can choose to operate the VisionS purely on electric power, or activate the petrol engine to aid progress and recharge the battery. 

Skoda says the interior of the concept will feature large digital displays designed for "digital networking" and infotainment. Users can "connect to the network in several ways from each seat in the vehicle."

The VisionS's styling is in line with 2014's VisionC concept, which ushered in a new design language for the brand.

Although nothing is official at this stage, Skoda’s SUV should cost from around £24,000 when it goes on sale in the UK early next year. That price neatly undercuts its rivals from Kia and Hyundai, which start at £28,795 and £31,845 respectively.

The new SUV will be based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, and will share most of its underpinnings with Volkswagen’s own CrossBlue, which is due to be launched later this year.

Power for the production car will come from four-cylinder engines already offered in the new Superb, with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel forming the base engine. A diesel-electric hybrid version will also be offered, and four-wheel drive will be optional on most models.

Beyond the launch of its first SUV, Skoda is already planning a more rakish five-door coupé to join the range soon after the full-size version goes on sale. That car will be followed by a sportier model with tweaked styling, and the SUV family will be completed by the new Yeti, which is due to go on sale in 2018.

Skoda said: "Over recent years Skoda has completely renewed its model range and the next phase will involve broadening the range of models in the SUV segment."

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2 February 2016
Hopefully the perfect UK/Europe sized 7 seater SUV. Looking forward to the official release.

3 February 2016
Oh! Another VW clone! Can't wait...

3 February 2016
Oh joy of joys, yet another SUV.

15 February 2016
Will we ever be surprised by a VW Group car again? Since the Beetle I mean.

17 February 2016
There is nothing about this concept sketch that 'says' Skoda. And if you don't like SUV's why do you bother to click on an article about SUV's and then go another step to make a comment about the article. Pointless and boring.

4 March 2016
Is criticism of SUVs not allowed? Is this just a fan site? Criticism of SUVs is absolutely allowed, precious.

17 February 2016
The deepening crease line at the level of the door handles, echoed by similar near the door bottoms is evolving into a Skoda design feature - see the new Superb. I think it looks distinctive and works very well. What doesnt work for me is the cheshire cat grin below the front grille, what's more, a cheshire cat that appears to be wearing braces!

17 February 2016
That crease line at door handle level is also a brilliant way of hiding the shut line between the clamshell bonnet and front wings. It is beautifully executed on the Superb and, more generally, the shut lines on that car should be an embarassment to Mercedes-Benz.

17 February 2016
Exactly my point regarding the Superb. On the subject of pronounced crease lines, take a look at the two which 'adorn' the side of the BMW X4 M40i ... ! I sometimes wonder whether BMW employs interns to style their cars.

17 February 2016
Yep, that's just horrible: too much ornamentation trying to disguise a fundamentally poor design.

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