Skoda's Vision of

electric future

Skoda Vision iV front
Skoda Vision iV rear

THERE'LL be a sharp intake of breath around the motoring world if Skoda ever actually produces a car like this - but the company insists that this concept "whets the appetite" for its first zero emission production model.

While this sleek and sexy looking concept certainly looks the business, Skoda's styling track record would suggest that although the eventual production car will be electric, it may not be quite as eclectic as these design sketches would suggest.

But they do show just what the Czech company's designers are capable of. It's certainly a striking car with flared wheel arches, a new interpretation of Skoda's trademark grille, deep air scoops, distinctive LED headlights, masssive 22-inch, aerodynamically-optimised wheels and shark's fin styled cameras instead of conventional door mirrors.

The pronounced coupé-like, flowing roofline hides the fact that the design study has four doors, each with hidden handles.

The Skoda Vision iV concept will be one of the stars of Skoda's stand at next month's Geneva motor show and the company says that the design study is its "next step towards electric mobility" with a production version due to be on the road in 2020.

The eventual production car will be the first from Skoda to be based on the Volkswagen Group's modular electric drive platform. But before then the company will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the Superb and a fully battery-powered Citigo.

Skoda says that it is investing around two billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services and plans to introduce more than ten electrified models by the end of 2022.

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