This is the Skoda Vision X concept and it marks Skoda's entry into the compact SUV sector, albeit in the form of an inspiration sketch. We can exclusively reveal that the Vision X already exists and is for sale at a dealership near you at this very moment. But you might know it as a VW T-Roc and Audi Q2.
The Vision X Concept is Skoda’s turn to utilise VW's MBQ AO platform that underpins the T-Roc, Audi Q2 and Seat Arona. Different economies of scale, lower unit costs that arise from variable wages paid to Czech employees mean Skoda's compact SUV will be sold at a slightly cheaper price point to its German in-house rivals.
So, what we have are distinctive bumpers, dominant side sills, a large panoramic glass roof and 20-inch alloy wheels all designed to create a powerful look. The sharp design was inspired by traditional Czech glasswork.
The interior of the Skoda Vision X signifies a potential new design language. The wide, ergonomically contoured dashboard with a freestanding colour display dominates the interior.
Illuminated elements made of cut crystal glass in conjunction with the colour display create atmospheric lighting effects.
Skoda will initially offer the same engine range offered by the likes of the Q2 et al. Expect to see Hybrid and fully electric Skodas by 2025.
However don't expect the final production version to resemble the Vision X. Concepts are used by PR departments to create publicity as much as they are used by the design department to set a future design goal.
The concept sketch and or display vehicle will always be toned down when final production nears because it is significantly cheaper to manufacture an efficiently designed shape than a complex concept shape.