Czech automaker Skoda has presented the first images of its new VisionC Concept that is slated to make its official debut at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week. The Skoda VisionC Concept previews a new five-door coupe that’s due to enter the Skoda line-up by 2016 and will be slotted between the current Octavia and Superb sedans.
Riding on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform, the concept stands out from the more conservative Octavia thanks to the bold triangular LED headlights, slender tail lamps, sculpted flanks and a rakish silhouette vaguely reminiscent of the Audi A7. Large ten-spoke alloy wheels finish off the upmarket look. Skoda has not released any interior images, but says that the VisionC offers space for up to four passengers and their gear.
Under the hood is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine capable or running either on petrol or on CNG. The production version of the VisionC Concept that is rumored to be ready by 2016, will eventually be powered by a more traditional engine range of petrol and diesel units with capacities between 1.4 and 2.0-litre. But the car will get an all-wheel-drive transmission fitted as standard. A vRS version with the 2.0-litre turbo power and around 280PS would provide the new flagship model in the Skoda range.
"The design of Skoda cars is playing an ever more important role and shows the brand's emotional vibrancy and power," an official statement said. "Skoda's design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional." The VW Group wants to become the world’s largest manufacturer by 2018, and has set Skoda ambitious sales targets of 1.5 million models a year by then - a fifty per cent increase on 2013. A seven-seat SUV, due in 2016, and a stylish four-door like this are crucial for broadening the brand's global appeal.