Skoda has revealed its future design direction with this new concept, dubbed Vision D.
The new Octavia-sized concept is an evolution of Skoda's current design language rather than a revolution. Its clean exterior look, which includes an enlarged gloss-finished front grille and widened lower air intake, are borrowed from parent firm Volkswagen. A slimmer design for the front headlights also features, as does a more distinctive design for the C-pillars and an integrated taligate.
The long wheelbase design with short overhangs also allows for greater interior space. The futuristic interior includes clear glass on the centre console and a reduction in the amount of switchgear. The dials, seats and steering wheel form part of the futuristic look, while most of the interior controls appear to be carried out by a small touchpad facing the driver and positioned on the edge of the centre console.
The new model previews the design language Skoda will start to introduce to its models from 2012. The year will also see the launch of the firm's revised badge, which is seen on the concept for the first time. Designed to be much larger and more visible, it now features brighter colouring and chrome rim to give it more of a modern flair.