ŠKODA VISION iV Provides A Preview Of The Near Electric Future
The all-electric VISION iV concept study provides a preview of ŠKODA’s electrified future. By introducing its first vehicle to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform, the Czech brand is taking the next step in its journey towards eMobility. The four-door crossover coupé exudes a feeling of spaciousness. It also impresses with sporty and emotive lines as well as a dynamic driving experience offered by all-wheel drive and two electric motors outputting 225 kW (306 PS).
The VISION iV is 4,665 mm long, 1,926 mm wide and has a height of 1,613 mm. Its minimalist design draws attention to the effortless handling of electric cars. Dynamic lines embody the joy of driving; the feeling of spaciousness, achieved through new proportions created by a short bonnet and a long passenger cabin, illustrates that it is a true ŠKODA. The VISION iV is a preview of ŠKODA’s first production car to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
ŠKODA grille reinterpreted with horizontal light strip
The concept car features a horizontal light strip that – running across the reinterpreted, wide, covered ŠKODA grille that has delicate vertical slats and crystalline structures – spans the entire width of the vehicle and connects the Matrix LED headlights. All of the models in ŠKODA’s future electric range will have this distinct feature. The side view of the VISION iV is athletic, displaying bold wings and a coupé-like roofline. The doors do not have any handles and just a touch will open them automatically. Classic wing mirrors have been replaced by cameras providing a 180-degree view which is relayed in the rear-view mirror. The multi-level arrangement of the instrument panel and centre console as well as a seemingly floating screen add a new dimension to the interior.
Two electric motors and consistent smartphone integration
The zero-emission ŠKODA VISION iV is powered by two electric motors – one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. This enables all-wheel drive that distributes the power – 225 kW (306 PS) – to the wheels depending on requirements, thus providing a dynamic yet safe driving performance. The car has a maximum range of 500 km in the WLTP cycle; the battery can be charged to 80 per cent in just 30 minutes. Through the use of laser scanners, radar sensors and cameras, the concept car can perfectly navigate its surroundings. In suitable situations it can even drive autonomously and park by itself. Comprehensive connectivity features allow for direct communication with other road users, cars and the infrastructure.
The latest-generation infotainment system provides access to ŠKODA’s numerous mobile online services and cannot only be operated using gestures and voice command but also fully integrates the driver’s and front passenger’s smartphones into the operating concept. Using a digital key, the VISION iV can even be unlocked and started using a smartphone. The concept car offers increased safety by monitoring the driver’s heart rate and, if necessary, it brakes automatically to come to a complete stop.