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Geneva show: Skoda plugs in with Vision iV concept

Pure electric production crossover foreshadowed with Skoda Vision iV concept

5 Mar 2019

SKODA has previewed its battery electric future with the emissions-free Vision iV concept at this year’s Geneva motor show, underpinned by Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform and two motors producing 225kW.
Measuring 4665mm long, 1926mm wide, 1613mm tall and with a 2765mm wheelbase, the Vision iV concept is larger than a Mazda CX-5 in every dimension bar height, and also pushes Skoda’s design language into the coupe-crossover territory.
The front end is characterised by a horizontal lighting strip under the sleek, high-set Matrix LED headlights for an aggressive stance, while the chiseled lower front bumper also adds to the Vision iV’s presence.
Given its showcar status, the Vision iV concept forgoes door handles for touch-operated ingress, while side-view mirrors are also replaced by cameras that can provide a 180-degree field of view.
A steeply-raked roofline, 22-inch wheels, prominent tornado line, LED tail-lights, rear diffuser and eye-catching Ultra Yellow paintwork also add to the Skoda’s aesthetic character.
Despite the coupe-like styling, Skoda says the Vision iV will still be able to swallow 550 litres in the rear.
Inside, the Vision iV mirrors the Vision E concept from 2017 with a paired back design featuring soft-touch surfaces, Ultrasuede and woodgrain materials, an all-digital instrumentation display, and panoramic glass roof.
A free-standing central infotainment screen is arguably the highlight of the cabin, which can be operated via voice or gesture commands and features 5G connected services such as Infotainment Online for real-time traffic information and Care Connect for remote vehicle diagnosis.
Furthermore, the Vision iV can also connect to smartphones for added functionality such as locking and unlocking of doors.
According to the Czech brand, “the exquisite, soft-foam surface with its specific texture resembles crystalline structures and will be used in all Skoda cars in future”.
With two electric motors – one for each axle – the Vision iV concept sends drive to all four wheels for a zero to 100km/h sprint in just 5.9 seconds.
Skoda says the pure-electric crossover’s 83kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will cover up to 500km before needing a recharge, which can be topped up to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes.
Skoda has also fitted the Vision iV with Level 3 self-driving technology that will allow the crossover to operate independently in highway settings, with inputs from laser scanners, radar sensors and cameras. 
The vehicle itself can also monitor driver behavior to assess concentration levels and heart rate.
Skoda head of design Oliver Stefani said the Vision iV concept was built around the brand’s future styling direction.
“The striking face of the concept study with horizontal light strip gives it an ultramodern look and underpins its strong, self-assured appearance,” he said.
“The minimalist design, also highlighted by the use of cameras instead of wing mirrors or by the lack of door handles, symbolises how easy our electric cars are to use. What’s more, illuminated design features and new light technology add exciting visual touches.”

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