Hot EV will arrive in 2020 and be based on VW Group's new MEB platform; it'll be previewed in Shanghai and could be called the Aratan

The Skoda Vision E concept, which previews a 300bhp all-electric crossover that's due to go on sale in 2020, has been revealed ahead of its official unveiling at next month's Shanghai motor show, along with sketches of the car's interior.

The Skoda Vision E has now been officially revealed - get full details here

The concept is based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB 'skateboard' platform and is set to offer a value-for-money alternative to the Tesla Model X when it makes production in two years' time. It could earn the name Aratan, which was recently trademarked by Skoda.

At 4.64m long and 1.92m wide, the Vision E is a little shorter and wider than Skoda’s new Kodiaq SUV and features a modern interior with four rotatable seats. The production car is likely to feature five seats - Skoda highlights the lack of transmission tunnel for passenger space - and it's already confirmed to have a large boot. 

Inside, Skoda’s designers have created a new interior architecture with a sweeping dashboard centred on a 12in touchscreen, which is centrally mounted and arranged in conventional ‘landscape’ format.

New to Skoda is dash architecture designed with a prominent step on which the driver can steady their hand as functions are selected on the move, and a two-spoke, multi-function wheel and a second flat screen for basic driving functions also feature. Rear passengers also get infotainment touchscreens, built into the backs of the front seats. An inductive phone charging boxes are built into each door.

Sitting on the same platform as Volkswagen’s ID concept, which we have driven, the Vision E previews Skoda’s first-ever electric production car and catapults the Czech car maker into the world of all-electric powertrains.

"Our Strategy 2025 has electrification at its heart," said Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. "The Vision E shows our intent and how our design language will evolve." The concept has rear-hinged rear doors and front-hinged front doors, eliminating the need for a B-pillar.

Maier is promising four fully-electrified models by 2025, all understood to be based on the MEB structure, plus a Superb plug-in hybrid, which will also arrive in 2019.

The onslaught of new electric models could give Skoda’s total sales a significant boost by 2025, if the electric share of the global market develops to the 25% that some predict.

The Vision E and its production version will use a newly developed lithium ion battery pack, packaged into the floorpan. Skoda won’t yet divulge its storage capacity.

Two motors, one on each axle, together capable of delivering 300bhp, mean the Vision E is all-wheel drive, although other configurations are possible on the MEB architecture.

The driver sits "around 25% higher" than in Skoda’s best-selling Octavia.

The new chassis architecture is also claimed to offer interior packaging improvements, due the the front bulkhead being positioned farther forward than in an internal combustion-engined car.

Volkswagen has stressed the same benefits for the ID, while Skoda suggests knee room in the Vision E will be 7% greater than in the Octavia.

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29 March 2017
Wonder how many articles there'll be before 2020. This is the second

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

29 March 2017
Well, to me, that looks like a student designer's rendering of the Seat Ateca. I can also see a bit of Citroen in there. I have no idea why they always draw bulging wheels and tyres. I remember the drawings of the concept Yeti, and even the clay mock-ups. What a disappointment that was? It went from fun beach buggy (concept) to staid pushchair carrier (reality). If you're going to play it safe, do so from the start. Be honest. The Vision E will only resemble these drawings.

29 March 2017
Uh... look at the dimensions, folks. This vehicle is a bit smaller than the Kodiaq, which is a lot smaller than the Model X.

6 April 2017
Better Ten years late than never.

6 April 2017
See comment 1 for explanation

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

6 April 2017
They'd do better to design something that people will actually end up driving. Scrap the pointless electric jeep and develop the existing, and quite good, petrol estate cars into the next generation versions. Electric cars are going nowhere.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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