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Monday 24 April 2017

Automobile

Skoda previews self-driving، EV tech with Vision E concept

Wednesday 05/April/2017 - 01:48 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited By: Nada Moustafa
Skoda will preview self-driving and electric drivetrain technologies with the Vision E crossover concept that the brand will debut at the Shanghai auto show next month، Autonews reported.

The Vision E، which Skoda calls an "SUV coupe،" previews a production model due in 2020، the brand said.

The concept has a range of up to 500 km (300 miles) on a single charge، Skoda said in a statement. It also offers autonomous driving to the so-called Level 3 standard. This means drivers will be able take their hands off the steering wheel in highway traffic congestion.

The Vision E is powered by twin electric motors that give it all-wheel-drive capability and a power output of 225kW (301hp).

The concept is 4،645mm long، 1،917mm wide and 1،550 mm tall، making it longer than the VW Tiguan SUV compact but not quite as tall.

The long wheelbase of its electric-car platform gives the concept car "extremely generous" interior space، Skoda said.

The Vision E continues the naming policy used by Skoda for concepts that preview the brand’s latest design language.

"You see the progression of the design from the Vision S to the Vision E،" a Skoda spokesman told Automotive News Europe.

The Vision S previewed Skoda's Kodiaq SUV، which went on sale in February.

Skoda chose to unveil the concept in China because EV sales are growing fast in the world's biggest market.

"For electromobility China is ahead of the European market and the government is strongly supporting it،" the spokesman said. China is also Skoda's biggest single market، accounting for 370،000 of the 1.1 million cars the brand sold last year.

Skoda plans to launch five full-electric cars by 2025، using parent Volkswagen Group's modular MEB architecture for electric vehicles.

As part of its electrification strategy، the brand's first plug-in hybrid، a version of the Superb sedan، will arrive in 2019.

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