30.3.2017Skoda reveals Vision E concept and Superb PHEV plans
Skoda will present an all-electric concept at the Shanghai Motor Show next month, with the Vision E previewing its work on electric vehicles. These electrified plans begin with the Skoda Superb Plug-in Hybrid arriving in 2019.
The Vision E concept is a five-door coupe-SUV that has a range of 310 miles (500km) on a single charge. It is sleek, stylish, and promises to offer various autonomous driving systems should the model become part of Skoda's planned five electric vehicles due for launch by 2025.
Interestingly enough, it has almost exactly the same range and dimensions as Audi's e-tron quattro concept, which is confirmed to go into production next year. This is a good sign that the Vision E will make the switch from concept car to full-production model, since the chassis and powertrain are already found in the Audi.
The Vision E also previews Skoda's work on autonomous driving technology, with self-driving capabilities in traffic jams, on motorways with overtaking manoeuvres, and the ability to independently search for empty parking spaces.
Before then, a PHEV version of the Skoda Superb is due in 2019, which is likely to again draw on VW Group knowledge, since the Superb sits on the same platform as the Passat - already available in GTE specification.