Skoda have been busy sorting out the largest model campaign in their brand’s history and have released a brand new concept called the VisionC. Touted as displaying the next generation of design direction for Skoda vehicles, the VisionC is a stylish looking five door with a coupé line. More expressive than previous Skoda designs, the concept gives Skoda a more racy appearance similar to what Volkswagen achieved with their sleek Passat CC. Interestingly, Skoda have employed an engine which uses both Compressed Natural Gas and petrol for propulsion, giving the car EU2020 low-levels of CO2 emissions.
Prof. Dr. h.c. Windried Vahland, Skoda CEO, said:
“We are signalling the next stage in the evolution of Skoda’s design language with ‘Skoda VisionC’, and thus highlighting the dawn of the brand. The vehicle demonstrates the company’s outstanding design and engineering expertise, and underpins the dynamism and value of one of the world’s longest-established automotive companies.”
As we ourselves have backgrounds in design, we felt the original press release was somewhat amusing in it’s use of language to try and describe the new ‘design language’ of the VisionC.
“As a five-door coupé, the ‘Skoda VisionC’ features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion.”
If you can understand that, you’re doing better than us! Jokes aside, the Skoda VisionC concept is a striking looking thing with clean cut edges accentuating it’s hard edged lines. Skoda say that their new concept hasn’t been designed in a compromised way, with the VisionC still very much providing plenty of space for four occupants and their luggage, characteristic of Skoda.
Under the bonnet, we find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine. On CNG, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 per kilometre, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. Skoda has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today’s conventional drive technology.