2017 Shanghai Motor Show: Skoda Vision E Concept breaks cover

By Tony O’Kane, 18 Apr 2017 Car News

2017 Shanghai Motor Show: Skoda Vision E Concept breaks cover

First images of Skoda’s first-ever fastback crossover have hit the internet ahead of its official unveiling at the Shanghai Motor Show.

We’ve seen it teased and sketched, but now we can see Skoda’s sleek Vision E crossover concept in its final form.

Scheduled to make its first public appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show later this week, the first images of the Vision E Concept have leaked early thanks to Russian website Autowp.ru. With slightly more realistic proportions than the exaggerated concept sketches, the Vision E presents as an especially streamlined interpretation of the ‘coupe’-like SUV form factor, with some parallels to Tesla’s Model X.

2017 Shanghai Motor Show: Skoda Vision E Concept breaks cover

A full-glass roof that’s integrated with the windshield is one feature that riffs on the Model X’s design cues, as are the almost featureless flanks, grille-less snout and flush-fit doorhandles. Level 3 autonomous driving aids are also a highlight of the Vision E, and preview the first application of the self-driving tech for Skoda.

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And then there’s the powertrain, which comprises a 225kW two-motor all-electric setup with lithium-ion batteries supplying enough electrons for a 500km range. Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, the Vision E Concept is intended from the outset to be a purely electric vehicle – much like the Model X.

2017 Shanghai Motor Show: Skoda Vision E Concept breaks cover

But unlike Tesla’s gull-winged SUV, the Skoda Vision E features more sheetmetal detailing in the form of sharp creases that echo the styling of the Czech brand’s existing production cars.

Speaking of which, the Vision E is expected to eventually morph into something more showroom-ready. A production version of the Shanghai concept is reported to be in the pipeline for a 2020 on-sale date, becoming the first of five pure-electric models for Skoda.

2017 Shanghai Motor Show: Skoda Vision E Concept breaks cover