Chunky SUV concept previews a Seat Arona rival; it has a hybrid powertrain and will likely remain largely unchanged for production

Skoda has revealed its new Vision X concept in design sketches, with the hybrid small SUV previewing a production model of a similar size that's due to arrive next year. 

The Vision X is described as an 'urban SUV', hinting at the model’s on-road focus, akin to the Nissan Juke. It will enter production as the brand's third SUV line, sitting underneath the Karoq and Kodiaq.

Skoda confirmed that the model will use the styling theme of the Karoq and Kodiaq and take it to another market segment, so the production model is not likely to stray far from the Vision X's look.

The 20in alloys are likely to be made smaller, while the minimalist interior will be replaced by a more conventional dash, dominated by a central infotainment screen – a much smaller, built-in unit than the one on the concept. 

Rather than being based on the Skoda Fabia, the Vision X will be built on the MQB A0 platform, which also underpins the Arona and Volkswagen T-Roc. The names Amiq and Anuq have both been trademarked in the past, but would buck Skoda's new convention for production SUV names beginning with 'K' and ending in 'q'.

Engines are likely to be shared with the smaller cars in the Skoda range, so a mix of 1.0 and 1.5 TSI engines and the 1.6 TDI are to be expected. The Vision X's hybrid powertrain has yet to be used in any production models, however. 

A facelifted Fabia will be on display alongside the Vision X at the Geneva motor show, but the small hatchback remains on the same platform. An MQB-based Fabia won’t arrive until at least 2021.

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1 February 2018

Seat Arona rival? Surely sister/lookalike when you consider how similar the other Skoda/Seat SUVs look to each other

1 February 2018

Next week: Seat are investigating the possibility of a larger SUV to sit above the quite brilliant Ateca. It is thought that this new model might have a third row of seats and serve as a rival to the Skoda Kodiaq. 

1 February 2018

Theres hardly a month goes by without a new SUV that claims to be all the Car you’ll ever need, why?, why are we being talked into buying one?, what has changed in the World that we need one..?, maybe we are getting bigger so we need more room....?

Peter Cavellini.

1 February 2018

Why are there no stories about monkeys on the Autocar website?  I seriously hope it is not to avoid offending the manufacturers.

1 February 2018

If you want to read about the monkeys, go to www.carmagazine.co.uk.

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