Skoda, the future is the Vision 7S concept

Skoda, the future is the Vision 7S concept


Skoda has unveiled the 'Vision 7S' concept for a few days already, and since then a series of speculations have started about which car will be born from this concept: the general consensus is what it sees coming on the market, not before 2026, a new large SUV, with 7 seats, which will become the big brother of the current Enyaq SUV, but with a 100% electric powertrain.

Vision 7S represents, as of today, what will be the new top of the range for Skoda, but the range of electric vehicles is set to expand with a new small crossover and two hatchbacks.

Unlike the Enyaq EV, which can accept up to 120 kW during the charging phase, the new SUV will be compatible with 200 kW charging stations so as to be more competitive in charging times than the competition, mainly the Korean one.| ); }

On the occasion of the presentation of Vision 7S, Skoda took the opportunity to use the new company logo, probably the least surprising design novelty of this concept: the line of the Vision 7S SUV is particularly attractive and modern, with a new front grille, new designs for bumpers and light clusters, while some of the elements we see in the images will almost certainly not be reflected on the final product, such as the windward opening doors without an intermediate pillar.

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To make the tedious minutes of charging more enjoyable, Skoda has thought of a "Relax Mode" in which the front seats move automatically in order to give more space to those sitting in front and the screen 14.6-inch infotainment swivels to make watching movies or other video content more comfortable.

Skoda To Unveil Fabia, Karoq, And Kodiaq-Sized EVs By 2026, Plus More ICE-Powered Models

During the reveal of the Skoda Vision 7S Concept, the Czech automaker presented its new brand identity and announced an array of forthcoming model launches. Those include a trio of EVs set to be unveiled by 2026, alongside two new generation ICE-powered models and at least one facelifted model by 2024.

Starting with the fully electric models, Skoda officially confirmed a new MEB-based family-friendly seven-seater SUV, previewed by the Vision 7S. The production model is expected to mirror the specifications of the concept, offering a 370-mile (600 km) range from the 89 kWh battery. It will also look very similar to the Vision 7S which introduced Skoda’s new design language that will gradually expand in the entire future range.

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The large SUV will be followed by a Karoq-sized compact SUV and a Fabia-sized small hatchback that will also sit on different versions of the MEB architecture. Skoda was coy on details about the compact SUV but they were more open about the supermini. Klaus Zellmer, Skoda CEO, told Autocar that the new entry-level EV will succeed the Fabia and retain a similar price positioning. Zellmer added that the biggest challenge is the cost of batteries, which is why we need to stay “a little patient”. According to earlier reports, the electric supermini is expected in 2025, alongside sibling models from VW and Cupra.

As reported by Automotive News Europe, Skoda will invest a further $5.6 billion in accelerating its transition to electric mobility, plus $700 million for digitalization in the next five years. The automaker hopes that EVs will account for more than 70 percent of its total sales in Europe by 2030. In order to achieve that, the Enyaq iV, the Enyaq iV Coupe, and the trio of confirmed MEB-based models will be joined by more EVs in the future, possibly based on VW Group’s new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP).

New Generations And Facelifts For The ICE-Powered Range

A camouflaged prototype of the next-generation Skoda Superb, wearing the production body in the more practical Combi form.

On the ICE-powered front, Skoda said it will unveil new generations of the Superb and the Kodiaq in the second half of 2023. We have already spied the Skoda Superb in both wagon and sedan bodystyles. The flagship will be based on an upgraded version of the MQB platform, shared with the next-gen VW Passat. Unfortunately, we don’t have information on the next-gen Skoda Kodiaq, but we suspect it will also use an upgraded version of the current model’s underpinnings, with an increased focus on electrification.

The automaker also announced a facelifted Skoda Octavia for 2024. The popular model will most likely get mild visual and technological upgrades, in order to stay fresh in the compact segment. Skoda didn’t openly discuss other launches, but thanks to our spy photographers we know that the Scala hatchback and the Kamiq SUV siblings are also getting mid-lifecycle updates, most likely earlier than the aforementioned Octavia. The facelifted models will feature a cleaner design on the front and rear bumpers, alongside revised grilles and simpler LED graphics.

The facelifted Skoda Octavia was caught by our spy photographers during the early testing phase.