From 20 paces the Skoda Vision X show car looks squat and hunkered down. Sitting on 20in wheels it’s sporty and full of purpose, which is exactly what its designer, Dalibor Pantucek, is most proud of. According to Pantucek, the production model will look very much like the Vision X when it breaks cover early next year.
The one-off concept car, first shown at the Geneva motor show this month, previews Skoda’s third SUV, a compact model that will sit beneath the Karoq and Kodiaq in the Czech marque’s SUV line-up. Still unnamed for now, the forthcoming model will be based upon the MQB platform used by the Volkswagen’s T-Roc and Seat’s Arona.
Whereas the majority of concept cars are made from clay, the Vision X is a working car with a real powertrain. Skoda invited us to drive the Vision X in Prague, albeit within the confines of an empty exhibition hall.
The heavily stylised bucket seats lend an air of athleticism to the cabin, but they’re thinly padded and curiously unsupportive. The pedals are awkwardly offset to the right, too, so much so that the accelerator pedal almost brushes up against the transmission tunnel. The steering wheel, meanwhile, doesn’t adjust for reach, so you have to lean forward just to grab a hold of it.