Skoda unveiled its first ever five-door coupe, the VisionC, at the Geneva show. Skoda says that the VisionC is a showcase for the company‚Äôs design and engineering skills and has been developed with a focus on maximizing aerodynamics and minimizing weight.
The front gets a large radiator grille and triangular head and fog lamps. The bumper consists of a wide air intake running the entire length of the front fascia and the bonnet has a long profile and has a nose which extends in to the grille with the Skoda logo being prominently displayed on it.
The VisionC has 19-inch aluminium wheels with a sharp shoulder line emanating from the headlights and culminating at the tail lights. The car has a roofline which slopes down gently at the C-pillar giving a smooth look. Stand out design feature of the sides are the door handles are hardly visible under the shoulder line. The door can be operated by pressing the handle which makes the door come out automatically. The side windows give a clean look due to their frameless appearance.
The rear lights are sleek and elongated with a vertical split in the middle. The upper part is in the tail gate with all the lighting function while the lower reflector part is embedded in the bumper. The tail gate has a unique inward crease which adds to the aerodynamic co-efficient. Skoda claims that the overall drag co-efficient of the VisionC is 0.26.
The interior of this concept has four seats which Skoda claims can accomodate four people in comfort despite its coupe design. The interior is laid out in high quality, state of the art materials. The centre console has been laid out in glass. The centre piece of the dashboard is the large touch-sensitive multimedia screen whose visual appeal is further enhanced by back lighting. The rear passengers are also pampered with separate fold away multimedia screen as well as the central armrest which shows basic vehicle information. For passengers who are avid readers, Skoda has installed reading lamps in the sides of both rear doors. Practicality is also taken care of by a spacious boot which has bag hooks or straps integrated in the ¬†floor and can be used for securing luggage. The tail gate also swings open for making the task of loading and unloading easy.
Engine is a bivalent 1.4TSI turbo petrol engine which can run on both petrol and CNG. It has a max power output of 110PS and can take the Vision C to a claimed top speed of 214kmph. In CNG mode alone, Skoda claims that this car can run for 100 kilometres in just 3.4kg of fuel with carbon emissions of 91g ensuring that it complies with the EU standards till 2020.
World premiere of the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô Design Concept in Geneva
|‚Äļ ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô makes its debut at the Volkswagen Group Night on 3 March
‚Äļ Design study represents the next stage in Ň†KODA‚Äôs design language
‚Äļ Design: expressive, dynamic, emotional, environmentally friendly
‚Äļ Concept: Ň†KODA‚Äôs first ever coup√©
‚Äļ Typically Ň†KODA: functionality ‚Äď coup√© with large tailgate
‚Äļ Environment: CO2 emission value of just 91 g/km falls well within the stringent EU2020 standard specifications
‚Äļ Technology: close-to-production drive technology, light weight and optimised aerodynamics (cW value: 0.26)
‚Äļ State-of-the-art infotainment: large displays for driver and passengers
Geneva/Mlad√° Boleslav, 3 March 2014 ‚Äď Strong start for Ň†KODA in Geneva: The spectacular design concept, ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô celebrated its world premiere today at the Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. The five-door coup√©, with its emotionally-charged design, is pioneering the next stage in the development of Ň†KODA design, demonstrating the opportunities for innovative body concepts at the same time. ‚ÄúŇ†KODA VisionC‚ÄĚ impresses with its expressive and dynamical design language as well as with ultra-modern technical features, low emissions, light weight and optimised aerodynamics.
‚ÄúŇ†KODA is on the move,‚ÄĚ says Ň†KODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. ‚ÄúThe ‚ÄėVisionD‚Äô, just three years ago, was the starting point and design milestone for our model offensive. With ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô Ň†KODA‚Äės model and design development of recent years has entered a new stage. Greater priority is being placed on design, proving the emotional charisma and power of the Ň†KODA brand. ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô shows off the company‚Äės outstanding design and engineering skills while highlighting the dynamism and importance of one of the longest-established vehicle brands. Over the coming years we intend to grow with the launch of ever more sophisticated cars and consolidate our position as an international high-volume manufacturer,‚ÄĚ says Prof. Dr. Vahland.
Maximum elegance, dynamism and style
‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô is a five-door coup√© with expressive styling and dynamic elegance. Its design language is a striking development of the new design line adopted three years ago. Elegant lines accentuate the vehicle‚Äôs exciting proportions. Ň†KODA Chief designer Jozef KabaŇą and his team have achieved a unique combination of soft, light contours, concave and convex surfaces as well as sharp, precise lines. Surfaces and proportions convince with a clear structure, the interplay of light and shade is crisp, the edges are clearly defined. For KabaŇą, ‚Äúavoiding all ornament and frills is essential
A self-assured front
The coup√©‚Äôs front has a self-assured and dynamic look. The wide radiator grille and distinctive shape of the headlamps with their tapering triangular form dominate the powerful front end. The headlamp contours are sharp-edged, like cut glass crystals. In combination with the fog lamps, also triangular, they give the car an expressive, three-dimensional four-eyed look.
The grille retains its slightly curving form, it is however somewhat flatter and broader than in current Ň†KODA models. The vertical fins are a distinguishing feature. In the design study, they are hand-made crystal elements with discreet indirect illumination.
In the lower area of the front view, a large air inlet ‚Äď extending over the entire width of the vehicle ‚Äď emphasises the vehicle‚Äôs elegant dynamism.
The bonnet is elongated and is accentuated with longitudinal chamfering to the right and left, extending in a slight arc from the A pillar through to the transition between headlamps and radiator grille. Jozef KabaŇą describes it as ‚Äúan expression of emotion, form and movement.‚ÄĚ This reinterpreted bonnet bears the Ň†KODA logo as its dominating centrepiece, on a harmoniously-rounded bonnet nose stretching into the radiator grille.
Dynamically elegant coup√© silhouette with sharp tornado line
From the side view, ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô appears neat with clean lines. ‚ÄúThe form is intended to look attractive. We have dispensed with superfluous corners and edges,‚ÄĚ says KabaŇą. The high tornado line, the low-lying front windscreen and the short overhangs emphasise the vehicle‚Äôs dynamic distinctiveness. The same goes also in particular for the sharp waistline which starts on the elegant bonnet at the wings, snugly and naturally hugging the sides.
The powerful, sleek silhouette, the roofline sloping gently down at the back over the C pillar, the fine flowing lines without visible gradations, frameless side windows and the strong side-transition to the tail ‚Äď all this is aesthetically pure.
Typically for a Ň†KODA, the lower side window line slopes gradually backwards, sweeping down to the rear side window of the back door. This Ň†KODA design feature described by the designers as a ‚Äėfin‚Äô was first used in the brand‚Äôs model design on the new Ň†KODA Octavia, and is continued in the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô as a distinctive feature.
The door handles of the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô are a feature in themselves. The designers have simply made them ‚Äėdisappear‚Äô. The door handles ‚Äď running directly under the tornado line ‚Äď are set invisibly into the external door trim. To open the doors, you press the handle ‚Äď the door then comes out automatically and can be operated. The rear flanks of the vehicle are particularly exciting due to the broad, striking design of the wheel arches. The rear lights reach far into the sides of the vehicle, emphasising the dynamic aspirations of the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô as well as the long wheelbase. The ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô features large 19-inch aluminium wheels.
Rear: unexpected and exciting
The shape of the tail is dynamic, exciting and unexpected. Maximum 3-D design creates a sculpture-like shape. The new tail light design is a brilliant distinctive touch. The C-shaped lights, a typical Ň†KODA form, are divided into two parts, with the C being separated horizontally through the middle. The upper part is in the tailgate, housing all the lighting functions. The lower part of the C is formed by the reflector elements (cat‚Äôs eyes) inset into the bumper.
The vertical closure of the tailgate has a surprising and unique shape. In particular the sharp, inward crease is a striking accent. This radical rear end has a positive effect on the drag coefficient CW. Triangular-shaped embossing in the tailgate (described by the designers as ‚Äútriangular cubist elements‚ÄĚ) clearly identifies the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô as a member of the Ň†KODA family.
Exacting standards in functionality and eco-friendliness
In addition to its sophisticated design, the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô is iconic in terms of functionality and environmental friendliness. The design shows off the conceptual talents of the Ň†KODA engineers: design, technical features, space, functionality and the emotionally-charged coup√© shape combine to make a very impressive package.
The ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô has plenty of space for four people and their luggage. Typically Ň†KODA are the large tailgate and the generous boot space. In addition, state-of-the-art MQB technology, a close-to-production drive system, light weight and optimised aerodynamics all demonstrate great potential for ‚Äėsensible‚Äô individual mobility with optimised environmental values and the best possible value for money. The ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô has outstanding emission values thanks to the innovative CNG drive, light bodyweight and excellent aerodynamics. The technology under the bonnet is an up-to-the-minute and state-of-the-art bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW CNG and petrol turbo engine which will accelerate the vehicle up to a maximum speed of 214 km/h.
In CNG mode, the vehicle only consumes merely 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 natural gas per 100 kilometres, corresponding to a CO2 output of just 91 g. This value emphasises the study‚Äôs closeness to reality and is significantly below the much-discussed limit decreed by the European Commission for 2020. Here Ň†KODA shows that even attractive mid-range vehicles with conventional drive technologies can achieve ambitious CO2 values. Maximising aerodynamics and minimising weight were priorities for the Ň†KODA engineers. Perfect interaction between design and technical enhancements have resulted in a drag coefficient for the ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô of just 0.26. In terms of weight optimisation, Ň†KODA has used carbon fibre for the gas tanks and extra-light hot-formed steel. Important bolt-on parts such as the wings, bonnet and doors are in aluminium.
Interior: perfect elegance and comfort
The ‚ÄėŇ†KODA VisionC‚Äô is a glimpse of Ň†KODA interior design of the future. Interior and exterior design are in harmony, both asserting the overall impression of a sleek, dynamic and elegant vehicle. Striking interior features include a recurrent elegant interplay of convex and concave surfaces, precise lines and the use of top quality, state-of-the-art materials.
In the coup√©, four individual seats provide plenty of room for four people to sit in comfort. Despite the coup√©-style silhouette, the vehicle is spacious. The accentuated horizontals emphasise the feeling of airy spaciousness. All instruments and controls are laid out in accordance with up-to-date ergonomic requirements, just in the right place. The infotainment system sets clear benchmarks with data processing and presentation of all relevant information on large displays for driver and passengers.
In front of the driver there is a fully-programmable combined unit with a large 3-D display. The attention-grabbing centrepiece of the dashboard is the touch-sensitive multimedia screen which projects gracefully from the dashboard, seeming to be hung-up in the interior. The visual effect is intensified by accents of back-lighting. Additional brilliance is provided by the finely polished glass structure ‚Äď another reference to the art of the Bohemian glassmakers.
The air-conditioning controls are accommodated under the screen, on the decorative glass surface in the central console.
The transition between dashboard and doors is particularly elegant. A continuous ‚Äėlight line‚Äô unites both elements visually, at the same time emphasising the breadth of the vehicle. The light line runs over the entire width of the door, circles the armrests and ends in the seat-belt tensioner. Additional visual accents are provided in the doors with backlit crystal decorative elements. Nevertheless, functional aspects are by no means neglected, including storage compartments for one-litre bottles.
Each rear passenger also has a foldaway multimedia screen. A screen integrated into the back section of the central arm rest shows basic information on vehicle operation.
Comfort for the rear passengers is of paramount importance. Individually-adjustable air-outlets are integrated into the backrests. The rear headrests retract into the backrests when not in use, so that the driver has a clear view behind him when there are no rear passengers. When required, the headrests are simply flipped up. There are reading lamps in the sides of both rear doors.