Skoda’s concept car for this year’s Geneva Motor Show has a rather a strange thing, not just because it was finished in a an overwhelming shade of green, but because with this car the Czech car maker is sort of admitting they are the whipping boy for VW Groups’ more prominent brands. The Skoda VisionC Concept is, to all intents and purposes, the poor man’s Audi A7.
With a four-door coupe profile featuring a low, sloping roof, and a raked windscreen and the Led head and taillights, the car immediately makes you think of the A7, even though the designers have tried to inject some Skoda identity to it.
The grille and the bonnet give the VisionC the corporate look shared by all Skoda models, while nice little details such as invisible door handles and the flared wheel arches remind you this is a concept car. Some of the car’s features, of course, will be used in upcoming production Skodas.
Skoda VisionC Concept is also serves as an experiment for the car maker to see how they can lower the fuel consumption by shedding as much weight as they can, and use alternate fuels such as compressed natural gas. So the VisionC features a modified version of the MQB platform, light bodyweight and excellent aerodynamics.
It also features a CNG powertrain consisting of a 1.4 TSI/81 kW CNG and petrol turbo engine which will accelerate the vehicle up to a maximum speed of 214 km/h. In CNG mode, the vehicle only consumes merely 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 natural gas per 100 kilometres, corresponding to a CO2 output of just 91 g. That makes it compatible with EU emissions standards up to 2020.