Skoda has presented its Vision RS concept car, which will be the main premiere of the brand of today’s Paris Motor Show. The compact hatchback demonstrates the future design of Skoda’s sporty models, including the current Rapid launcher.
The car is 4 356 mm long, 1810 mm wide and 1431 mm tall. The distance between the two axles is 2650 mm and the boot volume reaches 430 liters. It is built on the MQB platform, which will also be used for the next Rapid (the current one uses the old PQ 25 chassis).
The Vision RS concept has 4 seats in the saloon, but the Rapid will be 5. It is not excluded that the model will be sold under a brand new name, while the current model will remain only for lift-only, which is available only in emerging markets.
The prototype shown in Paris is considerably neglected by all Skoda models, due to the sporty and aggressive design. This is particularly evident in the bonnet front and bonnet. The rear hatch looks far more relaxed and practical, with the boot’s glass somewhat reminiscent of Volvo’s models.
A retractable central display is placed in the Vision RS lounge. There are also sports seats, metal elements on the front panel and the inside of the doors. The dynamism of the car is emphasized by the steering wheel and the red ribbon passing through the saloon.
Prototype propulsion is entrusted to a hybrid power unit with a total power of 245 hp. It plays a major role in the 150-hp 1.5-liter petrol turbocharged TSI, which is powered by an 98 hp electric motor. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 7.1 seconds and the maximum speed is 210 km/h. The unit has several modes of operation, including Sport, Normal and EV.
The company says the compact hatch delivers only 33 grams of CO2 per kilometer, with electricity up to 70 km. The 13kW battery needs 2.5 hours to fully charge the standard power grid.