ŠKODA electrifies at Geneva Motor Show 2019.
ŠKODA urban SUV, the KAMIQ, and electric crossover-coupe concept, the VISION IV, made their world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, showing the motoring world what it means to be Driven by Something Different.
One Brand. One Vision iV
The all-new, all electric SUV concept was unveiled to the world at this year’s show.
This all-wheel-drive concept boasts a range of 310 miles thanks to its two electric motors – one powering the front axle and one the back.
The VISION iV is a fully-electric, four-door crossover-coupé, the brand’s first car built on a modular platform for electric vehicles (MEB). It can reach 62mph from a standing start in just 5.9 seconds; the jump form 50mph to 75mph takes less than four seconds.
The rear of the car features an aerodynamic lip spoiler and the crystalline LED tail lights from a C-shape. The sporty appearance is enhanced by a rear diffuser with a light strip stretching across the entire width. The ŠKODA lettering on the rear is backlit red – a popular feature among show-goers.
Graeme Lambert, Product Affairs Manager, talks us through some of the cool features of the concept SUV.
It was the first chance for motoring enthusiasts – and potential customers – to get up close and personal with the brand’s city SUV which boasts more than twenty Simply Clever features.
It’s the first car in its segment to offer the option of clever door-edge protection that deploys automatically when the doors are opened, and the tailgate can be opened and closed at the push of a button. Thanks to its integrated tip-to-close function, it can also be closed by lightly pulling on the open tailgate.
The new SUV is the brand’s first model to feature split LED headlights with daytime running lights. The full-LED version also features fog lights with static cornering lights as well as - for the first time in a ŠKODA – dynamic front and rear indicators. The front indicators are divided into individual LEDs.
The Geneva Motor Show provided the perfect platform for showing off the brand’s first model to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform – the SCALA.
Nearly a month after the first model rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav, the SCALA was still turning heads and impressing with its emotive design and stat-of-the-art connectivity.
UK customer will have a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines when the car is launched later this year, with power outputs ranging from 115PS to 150PS. All engines come with turbocharging as well as direct injection and meet the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standards. They will be equipped with start-stop and brake energy recovery technology.
Graeme Lambert, Producer Affair Manager, said of the SCALA: “With the new SCALA we’re going to redefine our offering in the family hatch sector. Like the rest of our range the SCALA boasts class-leading levels of practicality and space, safety, efficiency and Simply Clever features but this time adds class-leading connectivity, sharp, modern, distinctive design and a range of personalisation options”.
Micromobility and motorsport
The Geneva Motor Show is about more than just cars. It gives us a glimpse into the future of personal mobility too. ŠKODA’s ‘micromobility’ offering came in the form of the KLEMET concept, a nod to the company’s bicycle making heritage and named after one of its founders.
The integrated 4kW rear hub motor accelerates the KLEMET to a top speed of 28 mph, and its throttle and brake control are made child’s play by the pivoting pedals.
Riders accelerate and brake the KLEMENT by tilting the foot pedals. If the user shifts their weight forwards on the pedal, the KLEMENT’s hub motor accelerates. If the pedals pivot backwards, a hydraulic disc brake at the front equipped with ABS is activated, as is regenerative braking at the rear wheel.
The two lithium-ion batteries each feature 52 cells – providing a range of up to 38 miles.
The latest generation of the championship winning FABIA R5 rally car has a section. Of its own where motorsport fans could try their hand behind the wheel with the help of virtual reality.