Skoda unveils the impressive Vision 7S electric car. An imposing seven-seater family SUV that immerses us both in the new brand aesthetics, but also in the technical and technological solutions that will arrive on the future electric models of the Czech firm.
Skoda is celebrating this August 30, 2022 in its stronghold of Mlada Boleslav. The Czech manufacturer of the Volkswagen group is back with a slew of announcements concerning its future and its future models. New design, new logo and complete update of the identity of the manufacturer, the announcements are linked. But what better than a concrete example of an electric car to better understand what awaits us?
And precisely, this is what Skoda offers us with the Vision 7S concept car, an imposing family SUV, 100% electric, which prefigures one of the brand’s three new zero-emission models which will be marketed by 2026.
A big battery and very fast charging
Before looking at the design of this SUV, one of the arguments in the presentation of the Vision 7S is its autonomy: 600 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. A figure that seems realistic given the battery capacity which is announced at 89 kWh.
A very important capacity for those who take over the MEB platform, well above what is currently done in the Volkswagen group, at least among generalists, and which is close to that of a Porsche Taycan (93 kWh ). On the charging side too, the Vision 7S does not do things by halves and plans to be able to charge at 200 kW at maximum power.
Durable interior and camera to monitor baby
As its name suggests, the Vision 7S is made for accommodate seven passengers on board. But in a configuration that is, to say the least, new and different from the seven-seater Tesla Model Y. Indeed, there are three rows of seats, but two seats each time. Where is the seventh place? It’s about child seat that is mounted on the center console, between the second row seats, facing away from the direction of travel. ” The safest place in the car explains Skoda and adds that a camera positioned above allows an image to be transmitted to the central screen, to monitor the child.
In terms of materials, Skoda has chosen sustainable or recycled materials, such as the floor which comes from reused tires, or fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester yarn.
In addition, two interior configurations have been designed: one for driving, classic, and the other for relaxation. The latter is used in particular when the car must be recharged, and allows, at the touch of a button, to transform the interior: the steering wheel and the instrumentation move away from the driver to leave more space, the seats recline so that the central screen is more visible by rear passengers. Screen that pivots from vertical to horizontal to make room for entertainment.
Skoda’s concept gives pride of place to screens. Starting with the big 14.6 inch central and vertical slab. The Czech firm explains that in line with the minimalist interior, the infotainment menus have been optimized to be more intuitive. Like the haptic feedback for the most important functions, which are displayed with flashy orange accents to be more easily spotted.
Moreover, the entire user experience has been redesigned here with driving functions that are displayed on the upper part of the screen, such as navigation. At the bottom of the screen are the infotainment functions. And widgets can be placed wherever the driver wants, like for the retransmission of the image of the baby in his central armchair.
In “Driving” mode, an augmented reality head-up display shows the most important data, while on 8.8-inch digital instrumentationother driving info is extra.
In “Relax” mode, a touchpad helps control the most advanced functions. It is possible to play or watch videos on the screen positioned in horizontal modeand control it via smartphone remotely.
You can write on the seats
As usual, Skoda racked its brains to offer all passengers tips in the cabin, known as ” Simply Clever“. In this Skoda Vision 7S, for the rear passengers, we will find in particular magnets in the front seats to attach a tablet or smartphone. Same thing at the front with magnets in the center console for the telephone, and below for a first aid kit or a metal bottle.
Colored lights are also present here and there in the passenger compartment, in orange to indicate the door handles, in blue or red to indicate the temperature of the air conditioning. Even more original, it is possible for passengers to write with their finger on the fabric of the seats. Handy for kids to draw!
Dive into the future design of Skoda
The least we can say is that faced with this Skoda Vision 7S, without a logo on the front, it would not be easy to determine the brand without knowing it in advance. It is that one would find him almost tunes of Fisker Ocean. In fact, the Skoda Vision 7S is the first model to show us the new stylistic identity that will be found on all of the brand’s models. Starting with what the Volkswagen group manufacturer calls the Tech-Deck Face, a reinterpretation of the Skoda grille.
Flatter and wider than the current grilles, this front face replaces the logo with the name SKODA in full. The full-width dark rib conceals the vehicle’s sensors. The front and rear LED lights are now T-shaped, the exterior mirrors are cameras, the door handles are flush and sensitive, and surprisingly vertically integrated. 22 inch rims have nothing to envy to those, current, of an Audi RS e-tron GT!
The fact that the bodywork is matt in color, a first for the brand, should also be found in future productions. The material of the bumper as well as the wheel arches are made of recycled materials, tires. The vertical bands are air intakes for cooling the batteries and the brakes. The orange ones hide tow hooks.
This Skoda Vision 7S is an integral part of the electrification strategy of the range called ” Next Level – Škoda Strategy 2030″. The goal of the brand is to sell 50 to 70% of electric vehicles by this deadline. The zero-emission range of the Mlada Boleslav firm currently consists of the Enyaq iV and Enyaq Coupé iV (the little Citigo e is no longer in the catalog) and three new models, including the production version of this Vision 7S, from here 2026. Rumors of a future small city car have also recently appeared, while we have also heard of a certain SUV called Elroq.
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