Skoda VisionC concept unveiled

Skoda VisionC concept unveiled

Dramatically styled concept previews a new production five-door Skoda that’s planned to arrive in 2016

Skoda has signalled its intent to reach beyond its existing range of practical mainstream offerings with the unveiling of a dramatic-looking concept that previews a new five-door liftback model currently undergoing production development, and planned to join its line-up in 2016.

Called the VisionC, the new concept is set to get its first pubic airing at next week’s Geneva motor show, paving the way for the introduction of the new liftback, which has been conceived to fill the gap between the Octavia and Superb in Skoda’s existing range in a move aimed at providing the Czech car maker, which produced 920,800 cars in 2013, with greater sales reach and exposure to new customers.

Sister car to a proposed second four-door coupe style offering from parent company Volkswagen, the new Skoda is based on the same hot formed high strength steel MQB (Modularen Querbau or modular transverse architecture) platform as the Octavia, alongside which it is planned to be built.

Autocar has been told the latest in a long line of Skoda concepts is still undergoing the final stages of design development at the company’s design centre at Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic. While the basic silhouette and five door liftback layout is expected to be brought over into production with little or no change, the detailing and rear end will be further refined before .

Many of the VisionC’s design cues, including its bold chromed grille, taut surfacing treatment, precisely structured flanks and triangular theme to its lamps, will be reflected on other future Skoda models.

Official dimensions are yet to be revealed, although Skoda suggests the VisionC runs to around 4700mm in length and 1820mm in width, allowing it to offer what they describe as “more than sufficient space for four adults and their luggage”.

Among the perceived rivals for the new car is the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It is intended to provide Skoda with a timely image boost following the recent expansion of its line-up with more run-of-the-mill models.

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