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The ŠKODA VISION iV is a fully electric four-door crossover-coupé, the brand’s first car built on the Volkswagen Group’s modular platform for electric vehicles (MEB). The production car evolving from this study will start to be made in 2020 and offers lots to look forward to!
The ŠKODA VISION iV makes no bones about its origins right from the off. The robust look, dynamic accent lines and athletic body combine with the outstandingly spacious interior to leave no one in any doubt that this is a ŠKODA. The study’s calling card is a horizontal light strip running across the upper part of the grille to link up the LED matrix headlights.
“The VISION iV study offers a foretaste of our future electric-car family. It is emotionally charged and distinctive, yet also practical. We have concentrated on delivering aerodynamics, a sporty impression and a dynamic look without losing sight of the need for the roomy, user-friendly interior typical of a ŠKODA,” says Oliver Stefani, Head of ŠKODA Design.
Head of ŠKODA Design
“New features such as the front horizontal light strip make the VISION iV’s appearance unmistakable. Another striking component is the hexagonal closed grille with slender vertical slats. The blend of traditional and new design features underpins the VISION iV’s exceptionality while showing that we are prepared for the future,” adds Stefani.
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The car’s lusty rear section is dominated by an aerodynamic lip spoiler and crystalline LED tail lights that reinterpret ŠKODA’s signature C-shape lighting. They work in tandem with the light strip running across the full breadth of the distinctive diffuser to visually widen the car. Another striking feature is the blazing-red glass ŠKODA name in letters on the electrically operated tailgate.
The stress on minimum drag is also evident elsewhere, including the aerodynamically optimised 22-inch wheels.
Not even the handles interfere with airflow because the doors feature touch opening. On top of that, the VISION iV study replaces wing mirrors with cameras mounted in shark-fin holders.
The VISION iV’s very roomy and airy-looking interior has borrowed and run with the VISION E study’s design elements. With no tunnel console to get in the way, a new layout for the dashboard and centre console has been possible. The dashboard is visually split into two layers. The upper layer is dominated by a large infotainment system display that appears to be hovering in mid-air. The surface of this layer has been given a specific softened finish reminiscent of a crystalline structure and is set to be used ina ll future ŠKODA models. The lower part of the dashboard is graced with matte birch-white décor that replaces the classic vents and creates a sensation of natural airflow.
The steering wheel has also been redesigned. In the VISION iV study it has two spokes and the traditional logo here has been replaced by the ŠKODA name in letters. Following in the footsteps of the VISION E study, the car seats, which swivel, are light and minimalistic to enhance the sense of interior roominess. This, combined with the absence of a tunnel console, means that there is plenty of opportunity to incorporate stowage compartments and other storage areas. The centre console also looks very different. Besides the controls, there is space for two phones, which can be charged wirelessly and – via Wi-Fi – connected to the infotainment system.
The VISION iV continues the trend of vegan materials and environmental friendliness spearheaded by the VISION RS study. The look of the dashboard and door panels has been rounded off with Ultrasuede®, an artificial substitute for suede leather produced from a premium plant-based microfibre that is very environmentally friendly to make. The seat cushions are made from Dinamica®, derived from recycled polyester fibres, which is an artificial alternative to suede. The backrest covers are vinyl fibre, while the footwells feature biodegradable natural-wool tufted mats.
The car is powered by two electric motors, one on the front axle, the other on the rear. Together, they deliver system power of 225 kW (306 PS), which is transmitted to all of the wheels as required. The maximum range in WLTP mode is 500 km and the battery can be charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes. The VISION iV is endowed with laser and radar scanners and, in the right circumstances, it can also handle autonomous driving and self-parking.