New design drawings preview full-size electric SUV ahead of concept car’s reveal on 30 August
A large, seven-seat electric SUV is in the pipeline for Skoda, and these newly released sketches give us our best look yet at the forthcoming Kia EV9 rival. Set to debut later this month as a concept car dubbed the “Vision 7S”, the new model will spearhead the firm’s reworked designed language into the electric age.
Central to the new look is a “T-bar” headlight design that integrates with a slimmer grille than current Skodas, which sits above a set of vertical cutouts in the front bumper. The central vent is finished in a contrasting colour, hinting at a potential personalisation option for the final car.
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Plastic body cladding and silver skid plates are also expected to feature, along with Skoda’s trademark scalloped bonnet. The swept-back side profile is mostly clutter-free, with a shallow glasshouse and a sharp shoulderline. At the rear, the T-bar theme continues with the taillights, and there’s another series of vertical vents which adopt the same coloured accent as the front end.
Drawings have already been released to preview the Vision 7S’s interior, and you can expect the seven-seater to come to market packing a huge, free-standing, portrait-style infotainment screen. The steering wheel also gets a new look with four spokes and with what looks like touch-sensitive controls.
Below the portrait infotainment screen, you’ll find three large, haptic rotary controls, with more buttons beneath. These will likely be used to control the car’s ventilation system. A large centre console provides space to store and charge smartphones and other devices.
Because most of the car’s functions will be controlled via the centre touchscreen and digital dashboard display, conventional buttons will be in short supply giving the cabin a minimalist design, with a wraparound theme that emphasises width.
Expect the Vision 7S to make the most of its EV powertrain with a lounge-like cabin with a flat floor and a floating centre console that make the car feel lighter and brighter than a conventional alternative.
A top-down sketch shows that the concept has, in effect, a 6+1 layout, with two adult seats in each of the three rows and then a novel centrally mounted child seat, which would place a baby right in the centre of the vehicle. This is likely to be a show-car element, with the space in the middle of the car ultimately being used for three seats, to deliver a full seven-seater.
Other elements of note include what appears to be a light bar in the middle of the dashboard top – potentially a reference to Skoda’s Bohemian glass culture – and, in a sign of the brand’s developing self-confidence, a Skoda text logo on the outside of the C-pillar.
Skoda says that the Vision 7S will alter its dashboard configuration when the driver wants to relax – during a recharge, for example. The steering wheel and instrument cluster will slide forwards, while the large central touchscreen will move from a portrait layout to a landscape format to make it better suited to watching entertainment.
This is confirmed by the ‘Drive/Relax’ switch in the centre console, which illustrates the screen rotating, and the teaser image, which shows the landscape screen featuring shortcuts to media sources such as YouTube and Netflix.
Skoda also says the car will feature backpacks integrated into the second-row seat backs, and phone mounts in the backs of the front seats to allow middle-row passengers to enjoy entertainment on the move.
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