Škoda showcases MQB-based plug-in hybrid VisionS concept at Geneva; production PHEV in 2019, followed by BEV
Volkswagen Group company Škoda is showcasing its VisionS plug-in hybrid concept SUV at the Geneva Motor Show. The Škoda VisionS incorporates the brand’s new design language, carrying it over into the SUV segment. The plug-in hybrid drive system is a preview of a similar drive system being tested for production cars, said Škoda CEO Bernhard Maier.
Based on Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), this is Škoda’s first vehicle to feature six seats across three rows.
Mobility must become clean. We have therefore fitted the VisionS with electric motors and plug-in technology. By 2019, we will offer the first Škoda with this technology. A purely electric vehicle will follow shortly after.—Bernhard Maier
The plug-in hybrid drive delivers 165 kW (221 hp), accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds, and has a top speed of almost 200 km/h (124 mph). Estimated fuel consumption is 1.9 l/100 km (124 mpg US), with 45 g CO2/km). The Škoda VisionS can drive up to 50 km (31 miles) in electric mode alone, and travels up to 1,000 km (621 miles) with both systems combined.
The internal combustion engine is a 1.4-liter TSI with 115 kW (154 hp) and 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) of torque. It works alongside an e-motor that provides 40 kW of continuous power and a peak torque of 220 N·m (162 lb-ft). The e-motor is integrated with the six-speed DSG, which transfers the power to the front wheels.
A second electric motor with up to 85 kW and 270 N·m (199 lb-ft) of torque drives the rear axle. This works independently from the front axle drive—the show car has four-wheel drive which requires no mechanical coupling.
A liquid-cooled 12.4 kWh lithium-ion battery is mounted in the crash protection area in front of the rear axle. It contributes to the favorable weight distribution between front and rear axles and to the low center of gravity of the Škoda VisionS. Stationary recharging is carried out using a socket. In addition, the brand is also working on contactless, inductive recharging for the use in future production cars. For this, a charger plate will transfer energy from the grid to the car.
The engine and two motors cooperate in a highly flexible manner: the driver of the Škoda VisionS can choose between between a range of operating modes, ranging from purely Electric up to Charge mode.
E-mode means pure electric drive, where the high-torque e-motor positioned on the rear axle carries out all the work
In Hybrid mode, the different drive systems work together in various ways depending on requirements—should, for example, energy be recuperated, the front e-motor will be the generator.
In Hybrid Sport mode, the 1.4 TSI engine cooperates with both the front and the rear electric motors. It works in a similar way when the hybrid management system deems all-wheel-drive mode to be sensible: then, the gasoline engine at the front and the e-motor at the rear are utilized.
In Charge mode, the battery is recharged, using the electric motor at the front. Recharging is possible both while driving and when stationary. All relevant information is shown on the driver’s digital display.
Škoda has responded to the rapidly growing range of information and the passengers’ desire to communicate by introducing automotive digital networking (mobile services), providing large displays for optimum vehicle and infotainment services for all passengers, who can connect to the network in several ways from each seat in the vehicle.