Skoda concept car previews next Superb's technology
Named VisionC, it uses the Volkswagen Group MQB platform debuted on the latest lower-medium models, though here sized up to show how it could apply to a D-segment model.
Although Skoda hasn’t released details about the concept car’s kerb weight, the lighter platform and use of aluminium for the wings, bonnet and doors should all cut kilograms from the outgoing Superb.
Styling is said to reflect the ongoing development of Skoda’s brand identity, wearing an updated version of the front grille shape first seen on the Citigo and now gradually being rolled out across the range.
The interior is similarly sculptured, grouping climate control settings on a glass panel below the infotainment screen, while the boot is accessed from a large rear hatch as in the current Superb – though the four-seat layout is likely to be changed if this becomes the next generation of Skoda’s flagship.
As a result of its aerodynamic body and lightweight construction, Skoda is able to claim impressively low CO2 emissions for what it said is a close-to-production drivetrain. The VisionC uses a 109bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine which, when running on CNG, emits 91g/km – a figure which brings it under the 95g/km CO2 emission targets set by the EU for 2010.