Skoda Vision 7S concept unveil marks the Czech maker’s new design approach for its future EVs
Skoda Auto has created a EV design disruption with the global unveil of its all-new Vision 7S bespoke 7-seater electric SUV concept which will be the base for the Czech maker’s future EVs. The Vision 7S honours Skoda’s traditional values in a completely new form.
Built based on Volkswagen Group’s tried and tested modular MEB platform, the Vision 7S is the first EV from the conglomerate to receive a completely new design language that’s set to become the hallmark of future Skoda vehicles.
Interestingly, the overall design looks inspired from the Tata Group’s Avinya EV concept. But, nevertheless, this will be the perfect approach for future bespoke EVs. The Vision 7S’ distinctive feature is the Tech-Deck face, a rework of the traditional Skoda radiator grille.
Compared to the existing design, the new grille is significantly flatter and wider with its ribs replaced by dark glass that covers the car’s sensors. Emphasis has been given for aerodynamics with robust underbody, and high-set side tornado line and roof lines.
The large 22-inch wheels with rims in an almost enclosed design also contribute to the aerodynamics. The concept has a redesigned cooling system with air outlets above the side skirts.
Covered by grilles, they extract air that heats up when cooling the battery. At the same time, they serve as running boards for the portal doors that swing up in opposite directions. On the nose, there are vertical openings for air intake to the radiator and brakes.
The T-shaped headlights and rear lights are new design elements. The headlights are complemented at the front by an ambient light strip that stretches across the entire width of the vehicle.
The Skoda Vision 7S is powered by a 89 kWh battery that gives a range of over 600 km (WLTP).
Inside the car, the dominant feature is the 14.6-inch touchscreen, the largest ever installed in a Skoda. The virtual cockpit is made up of an 8.8-inch display, and a redesigned steering wheel with a flattened top and bottom provides an excellent view of it.
There’s also an augmented-reality head-up display. The steering wheel has 2 large spokes at 6 and 12 o clock – the lower 1 incorporates a touchpad that can be used to control some functions when the car is stationary.
On the centre console below the large screen are 6 buttons that take the user into the infotainment, phone, vehicle settings, navigation, and app menus. There are 3 rotary dials, the outer 2 for climate control and the middle 1 for controlling the main screen.
One special feature of the interior is the integrated child car seat in the safest place in the car – it’s integrated into the centre console which extends to the second row of seats.
This means that the second-row passengers can always see the child in the seat while the driver and passenger can monitor the smallest passenger via a camera. The interior works with a range of lighting elements.
The door panels incorporate interactive surfaces with coloured lights shining through the fabric. For example, a Bright Orange light guides to the inner door handle hidden in the lower part of the door panel.
A Blue or Red light visualises air conditioning temperature change. One can even write on the fabric with finger to leave short notes or for children to create little drawings.
In place of the missing B-pillar, the front and rear doors are fitted with additional crystal lights that guide passengers when getting in or warn of an approaching car or cyclist with a Red light when opening the door.
The Vision 7S is the first Skoda to be painted in a Matte finish. The minimalist look is emphasised by the Metallic Matte Explorer Green colour. The decorative elements in the interior have been given a subtle Matte Metallic finish.
The interior’s architecture and lines emphasise the internal space and evoke a feeling of security. The entire interior is trimmed with sustainable and durable materials. The floor and boot are made entirely of recycled-tyre veneer.
The upper part of the dashboard is finished in dark faux leather. The lower parts are trimmed in lighter artificial leather that echoes the exterior body colour. The middle part of the seats, the door panels, and the dashboard are made from recycled polyester yarns.