Geneva Motor Show 2018: Skoda Vision X Concept Unveiled
Skoda showcased its hybrid SUV concept the Vision X at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. In the Czech car maker’s lineup, we expect the production version of Vision X to be slated under the outgoing model of Skoda Karoq. Karoq in many ways is the successor of Skoda Yeti. It is likely that the production model, to a great extent, will be identical to the concept showcased at the motor show.
As Skoda is part of the Volkswagen group which is all set to aggressively expand its SUV portfolio in India by the year 2020, it is likely that the road-ready model of Vision X will make it to the Indian market in the coming years.
Skoda Vision X SUV Concept Revealed 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Under the hood, Vision X gets a 1.5-litre TSi engine, which has been modified to run on CNG. The green engine primarily runs on petrol and produces a peak power output of 130 PS and 250 Nm of torque. This petrol powerplant operates in tandem with two electric motors and a belt driven starter-generator. We also find an electric motor which sits on the rear axle and drives the rear wheels. The electric mills draw power from a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. Both powertrains produce 1000Nm of torque which helps Vision X accelerate from 0-100kmph in under 9.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 200kmph.
To maintain a good power-to-weight ratio, the Vision X does not come with a drive shaft. Instead, the petrol/CNG engine and the rear electric motor has been synchronized to accelerate the car simultaneously. This also enables Vision X to offer three different driving setups; all-wheel drive, front wheel drive and rear wheel drive. The weight shedding also improves the driving range of the SUV. Skoda Vision X has a claimed combined driving range of 650km and the company has also announced that in all-electric mode Vision X can run up to 2 km. The hybrid SUV also gets regenerative braking.