The upcoming Skoda crossover can also switch between front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive depending on the source of power being used.
Skoda has revealed all the essential details of its upcoming Vision X. The concept vehicle will debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
Based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform, the Vision X features a very advanced hybrid powertrain setup. It sports an impressive combination of a compressed natural gas (CNG) and petrol-powered drivetrain along with two electric motors. This new technology is developed to keep CO2 emissions low.
First up, there is a 1.5-litre ‘TSI G-TEC’ turbo motor that can run on either petrol or CNG. This drive produces a max power of 127bhp combined with 250Nm of peak torque. One CNG tank is located under the rear seat while the second behind the rear axle. The CNG unit channels power to the front axle. On the other hand, an electric motor producing 29.5bhp (equivalent) and 70Nm drives the rear axle.
Additionally, to maximise efficiency and power, there is a 48V mild-hybrid powertrain that sends electricity to a starter-generator that provides boost effect to the engine and also sends power to the rear electric motor. Consequently, when the battery is fully charged, the Vision X can switch to rear-wheel-drive mode for small distances. The motor can also give the car all-wheel drive capabilities when traction is needed. This gives the Vision X its unique front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive ability in a single package!
Ever since the global reveal of the Kodiaq in 2016, Skoda has been constantly working to build up its SUV/crossover lineup to tap into this rapidly growing market. The production model based on the Vision X will hit the market in 2019 and will be the company’s third global high-riding vehicle after the Kodiaq and Karoq. Recently, Skoda has also developed a compact SUV called Kamiq, though its China-exclusive.