Skoda voices its E-Vision

VW Group plans massive expansion to e-vehicle segment by 2025, with five of the group’s all-electric modes to come under Skoda brand. Skoda makes the first step with a sporty e-crossover.

Skoda voices its E-Vision

The company has displayed its Vision E at the Auto Shanghai show.

Skoda voices its E-Vision

"The Skoda Vision E is our company's first purely electric vehicle that also allows for autonomous driving at Level 3," as commented Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. "With the Vision E we have transferred features typical of Skoda into a fully electric vehicle: the new Skoda design language with a generous amount of interior space, innovative technology and the latest assistance systems, as well as numerous 'Simply Clever' features."

Skoda voices its E-Vision

According to the official information, the Vision E dimensions will be 184.6 x 75.7 x 62.6 in, compared to 183 x 75 x 61 in previewed earlier, this means that the car came slightly larger to the official debut.

Specifically, the roofline seems less coupe-like and somewhat flatter, compared to the preview images. However, the design remained attractive, but is more similar to hatchback rather than coupe.

Skoda voices its E-Vision

The Vision E features Matrix LED headlights, with a front camera to control situation on the road. A LED strip dives between air intakes and front spoiler. Moreover, this technology is applied to main and lower taillights and side strips along the doors.

The concept is powered by 301 hp dual-motor with lithium-ion battery for the range of up to 311 mi. The top speed is said to be at 112 mph according to the company. Recharging to 80% takes just 30 minutes.

Skoda voices its E-Vision

As for the interior tech, the Vision E is equipped with a head-up display and digital panel atop dashboard. A central touchscreen shows the key data and functions. On the backseat, the passengers can enjoy displays installed into front seat backs. Noteworthy, the Vision E offers a phonebox dock in each door for charging, with smartphone to be mirrored on the passenger’s individual display.

Skoda voices its E-Vision

Along with touch displays, the new Skoda model will have a camera that catch specific hand gestures for controlling without taking eyes off the road. Moreover, eye tracking system provides that the driver will see key information regardless of his turn, as the information will be shifted to one or another display. Voice control is also on board.

With the Vision E, it becomes clear that Skoda targets expansion of electric car park. However, the company will initially commission a plug-in hybrid Superb by 2019, and only the world may see all-electric Skoda cars.
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