Skoda is a brand we’ve found ourselves talking about more frequently in recent years on Motor-Vision.
No longer the butt of schoolyard jokes, the Czech brand has enjoyed a radical reinvention under VW Group ownership and their range continues to go from strength to strength.
They last impressed us with the Kodiaq SUV [pictured below] in September, which will be hard to ignore for anyone considering the Nissan X-Trail or Kia Sorento when it goes on sale this month.
Now, Skoda is spreading its wings once again as it looks to venture into the increasingly populated electric car marketplace by offering five entirely battery-powered vehicles by 2025.
What makes the Vision E different?
Before then though, it is testing the waters with what it is calling ‘Vision E’ – a concept car that gives an insight into what an all-electric Skoda would look like.
Size-wise, the Vision E measures at 4,645 mm long, 1,917 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall, which makes it roughly the same size as the Kodiaq, give or take a few centimetres.
The five-door SUV coupe can cover up to 310 miles – roughly the same distance between London and Carlisle – and includes some handy self-driving features.
By using various sensors and cameras, it can operate independently in traffic jams, go into autopilot on motorways, stay in lane, swerve and handle overtaking manoeuvres. It can also search for free parking spaces and park itself.
With an electric all-wheel drive powertrain developing 225kW – the equivalent of 301bhp – the car can reach a top speed of 112mph, which is less than in an entry level Octavia, but speed is being kept on a leash to optimise how many miles the car’s lithium-ion batteries can offer.
Aspects of this powertrain are expected to influence that of the plug-in Superb due in 2019, with the first fully electric Skoda coming the year after.
The Vision E will receive a global unveiling at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 19th.