Skoda was acquired by VW Ag in the early 1990s to serve as the group's budget brand, but that has certainly changed.
The first pictures of the Skoda Vision E Concept have surfaced on the web, courtesy of Autowp, ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this week.
It's a prototype for now, but there are some strong internal hints that a production version would become a Kodiaq crossover-coupe combination version. This concept also shows that Skoda has electrification plans - 300 horsepower (225 kilowatts) come from a fully electric powertrain, and it's now sitting up as the brand's most powerful auto ever, more so than the 280-hp, AWD Superb 2.0 TSI. This will enable the crossover to hit a top speed of 111 mph (180 km/h) and travel up to 310 miles (500 km) on a single charge.
Typical for a Skoda, the concept's interior is very roomy thanks primarily to the implementation of a long wheelbase spanning at 2,850 millimetres. The absence of a conventional B-pillar means getting in and out of the vehicle is a piece of cake, while headroom in the back appears to be more than decent despite the sloped roofline.
Besides having an eco-friendly electric powertrain, the Vision E Concept has a Level 3 autonomous driving system. It's smart enough to overtake other cars, stay in lane and swerve, as well as find an empty parking space to occupy and then leave it without human input. No less than five EVs are going to be launched by the middle of the next decade, kicking things off with the first one due in 2020.