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New Skoda Vision E concept previews future design direction

A new electric SUV coupé crossover from Skoda will be shown at Auto Shanghai 2017, but before that the Czech brand has teased further images of its latest model.

The first purely electrically driven and autonomous driving concept car in the company's history previews Skoda’s new design language for future electric vehicles.

The concept’s most striking body feature is its counter-opening doors and the absence of a B-pillar. In the bright interior, four rotatable single seats and the missing central tunnel ensure a 'generous sense of space'.

"With the Vision E, we are giving an outlook on Skoda's future models with electric drive," says Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. "In addition to plug-in hybrid vehicles, we will also be launching five purely electric cars on the market in various segments before 2025. This will enable us to offer every fourth car with electric drive."

Thanks to the large glass surfaces, the interior of the Vision E is bright and transparent. Four shell-shaped individual seats with innovative backrests 'emphasise the modernity'. With a long wheelbase and short overhangs at the front and rear, Skoda says its designers have created 'spacious and comfortable' interior dimensions for the Vision E. The front seats can be reclined and the steering wheel raised to provide maximum space and comfort.

The seats are slightly elevated, for a better view and can be rotated by 20 degrees. When the doors are opened, the seats swing outwards, making getting in and out easier. After the counter-opening doors have been electrically closed, the seats return to their original position.

In addition to the cockpit screen, on which the vehicle data is displayed, the Skoda Vision E features additional screens for passengers. The centre of the dashboard houses a touch-screen display on which the driver and front passenger can read and operate all the important functions and services of Skoda Connect.

Each passenger has their own screen that can be used for numerous comfort functions such as information and entertainment. The front passenger’s monitor is located in the instrument panel, and the screens for the passengers in the rear are built into the backrests of the front seats. In addition, passengers can personalise their entertainment programme via their own touch displays. The control element for the front passenger is located in their right armrest; the passengers in the rear have theirs in the between the two individual seats.

There is an integrated phone box located in the inside of each door, with which smartphones can be inductively charged; personal settings, data and information on the smartphone can be accessed via the individual passenger’s display. Ambient lighting, which can be programmed in ten colours, is integrated into the decor strips in the doors and below the dashboard.

The Skoda Vision E will be revealed at Auto Shanghai which runs from 19-28 April.