The Skoda company are planning to reach beyond its existing range of practical mainstream models by unveiling a dramatic looking five door liftback concept, dubbed the VisionC.
The model is currently undergoing production development with the company planning to add it to their line up by 2016. If the model reaches production it will slot into Skoda's existing line up in the space between the Octavia and Superb model. This new liftback model is a move by the Czech company to achieve greater sales and reach new customers. It is intended to provide Skoda with a timely image boost following the recent expansion of it's line up with more 'run of the mill' models. Skoda boss, Winfried Vahland, commented, “We think it is time for a Skoda model that combines traditional practical qualities with a bold new design direction.”
The new VisionC is to be based on the same hot formed high strength steel MQB platform as the Octavia, which it will be built alongside. Many of the model's design cues are to be reflected on future Skoda models, meaning future models will gain bold chromed grilles, taut surfacing treatments, precisely structured flanks and triangular themed lamps. The company have claimed the model may be around 4700mm in length and 1820mm in width, in an attempt to offer, “more than sufficient space for four adults and their luggage.”
Inside, the model's power will be supplied by the same engine used in the recently introduced Volkswagen Golf TGI and Audi A3 G-Tron. The 108 brake horse power turbo charged 1.4 litre four cylinder direct injection engine can run on either petrol or natural gas. Computer simulations hint it would provide a combined average consumption equivalent to 72mpg in natural gas mode with average CO2 emissions of just 91g/km. With these perfect attributes in mind, we do believe that this model will be the ideal rival for other cars from brands such as, Ford and Vauxhall.
The concept is still undergoing the final stages of design development as the company's design centre at Milada Boleslav in the Czech Republic. This means that though the basic silhouette and five door liftback layout are expected to make it into production with little or no change, the detailing and rear end will be further refined before production.
Skoda also hints the VisionC will provide the basis for a new 280bhp turbo charged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol powered four-wheel drive performance flagship that will form the basis of a revised line of Skoda vRS models.The Skoda VisionC concept is set to get it's first public airing at the Geneva Motor Show next week.