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Skoda’s big Geneva unveiling is described as a concept but is close to the final look of the Czech brand’s forthcoming SUV model.

Described as “an insight into the future SUV above the Yeti, which will be presented in the second half of 2016”, the VisionS is said to showcase both the brand’s future SUV design language and the most important technology advances that Skoda will be adding to its future cars.

These could include plug-in hybrid powertrains – the VisionS combines a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine of 154bhp with two electric motors. One 54bhp unit sits within the six-speed DSG gearbox, the second 114bhp version incorporated into the rear axle to provide all-wheel-drive capability, which as it is not coupled to the front can operate independently for the most effective efficiency.

Skoda says that the VisionS can accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and go on to almost 125mph. As is typical with plug-in drivetrains combined cycle fuel economy is quoted at 149mpg, with CO2 emissions of 45g/km, while the car can travel up to 31 miles on electric power only.

Measuring 4700mm long, 1910mm wide and 1680mm high, with a 2790mm wheelbase, the VisionS is a big SUV, and these proportions see the concept offer internal space for six adults in three rows of two.

Occupants are presented with a bright interior with according to Skoda equal priority given to all persons travelling in the car and symmetrically divided.

The dash, for example is fitted with two large, flat 16-inch display screens while each occupant has their own display, those in the second and third rows mounted din the seat headrests and easily operated under the brand’s ‘Simply Clever’ motto.

Other neat touches include smartphone charging points mounted in every door.

Skoda’s production SUV, which will likely go on UK sale in early 2017, is expected to be called the Kodiaq and will be a close sister model to Volkswagen’s equally new Crossblue. Both will be built on the versatile MQB platform.

According to Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier the forthcoming production SUV will expand on the “big statement” made in the compact SUV segment by the Yeti.

“Our extensive 4×4 expertise is now feeding into an SUV production model above the Yeti – in terms of design, overall package and everyday practicality, the Skoda VisionS already provides an insight into our new SUV,” Maier says.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.