The Skoda Vision E concept, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show on 19th April, points firmly towards what will be the first production Skoda electric car.
The production version of the electric SUV is expected on sale by 2020, and industry observers predict it may be called the Aratan, a name recently trademarked by the Czech brand.
It will be one of five electric vehicles that Skoda has promised to offer across a number of segments by 2025, while a plug-in hybrid version of the Superb car will launch in 2019.
The Skoda Vision E is built on the Volkswagen Group’s latest MEB platform and measures up at 46545mm long, 1917mm wide and 1550mm tall – this is slightly shorter and wider than the recently launched Kodiaq SUV.
A long wheelbase of 2850mm frees up what Skoda describes as ‘an extremely spacious interior’ – in the concept it is a four-seat layout though production versions are likely to be five seaters.
Two electric motors are fitted, one on each axle to provide all-wheel-drive capability and the Vision E is not short of power – more than 300hp is on tap, giving the car a 112mph top speed.
The all-electric range is quoted at up to 311 miles, but Skoda is yet to release details on charging times for the lithium-ion battery pack.
The Skoda Vision E also points firmly to the company’s autonomous driving plans – it is said to be capable of level 3 autonomy, controlling itself in traffic jams, selecting autopilot on motorways and staying in lane, overtaking by itself, and once in town finding and fitting itself into parking spaces.