Škoda offers a preview of the VisionS concept

Ahead of its debut at next month's Geneva International Motor Show, Škoda has released some details about the VisionS. Officially, this new concept “gives an insight into how Škoda’s future SUV design language might look.”

However, “might” should be replaced with “will”, because a production version is surely destined to follow. And, with accommodation for six people across three rows of seats, the showroom model is going to be an important addition to the brand's range.

Skoda VisionS Concept (2016 Rendering) Front Side

In terms of size, a length of 4.70 m (15’ 5”) makes the VisionS significantly larger than the 4.22 m (13’ 10”) Škoda Yeti. That measurement also means it sits virtually mid-way between Volkswagen's Touran and Sharan people carriers, thereby neatly avoiding any direct intra-group comparisons.

Given recent emissions-related events, Škoda has wisely eschewed diesel power for the concept car. Instead, an innovative petrol-electric hybrid system is fitted.

This combines a 154 bhp (115 kW / 156 PS) 1.4 litre engine with a 53 bhp (40 kW / 54 PS) electric motor which is integrated into the six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. What's more, a second electric motor delivers 114 bhp (85 kW / 115 PS) to the rear wheels when required.

Skoda VisionS Concept (2016 Rendering) Rear Side

Total output is rated at 222 bhp (165 kW / 225 PS), resulting in a very respectable 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 7.4 seconds. Škoda says combined cycle fuel economy is 148.6 mpg (1.9 l/100km) while carbon dioxide emissions are 45 g/km.

A 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is expected to provide a range of around 30 miles (50 kilometres) when running in pure electric mode, which is probably sufficient for most commutes.

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