Skoda is showcasing their purely electrically driven concept car at Auto Shanghai 2017 (19 – 28 April). Called the Vision E and previewed last week, the concept’s body gets counter-opening doors and misses out on a B-pillar. The interiors, which have been previewed, get four rotatable single seats and misses out on the central tunnel to ensure more space.
“With the Vision E, we are giving an outlook on Skoda’s future models with electric drive,” says ŠKODA 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.”
The interior of the Vision E are wrapped with large glass surfaces, and are stylised by horizontal lines. The occupants get four shell-shaped individual seats with innovative backrests. The seats are slightly elevated to ensure a good view, while they can also 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. As the Skoda Vision E does not require a middle tunnel either in the front or rear, interior space becomes generous.
In addition to the cockpit screen, on which the classic vehicle data is displayed, the Skoda Vision E features additional screens for passengers. The centre of the dashboard houses the central 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 personalize 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 front seats can be reclined and the steering wheel raised to provide maximum space utilization.