Face of the future: Vision 7S concept showcases new style for Škoda

Škoda has unveiled the Vision 7S concept, previewing an entirely new design language for the Czech brand along with a 600km-plus all-electric range and up to 200kW charging capacity.

Sep 1, 2022

Design highlights on the Vision 7S concept include a new front-end design, a flat roof line for greater efficiency and a durable interior crafted from sustainable materials.

The Vision 7S concept also introduces new corporate identity for the carmaker, linking its rich history to the future of mobility with a new brand ‘picturemark’ and wider use of the Škoda ‘wordmark’.

Škoda has provided the first specific outlook on an entirely new design language, combining robustness, functionality, and authenticity, with the unveiling of its Vision 7S concept.

Boasting a 600km-plus all-electric range, an 89kWh battery and up to 200kW charging capacity, the seven-seater Vision 7S concept boasts an all-new exterior design and interior ambience characterised by sustainable materials and interactive surfaces. The Vision 7S is also the first Škoda to showcase a matt body colour.

The Škoda Vision 7S is the first model to feature the Czech carmaker’s new, striking design language. Along with the so-called ‘Tech-Deck Face’ at the front end, the concept car sports a solid underbody and aerodynamic roof lines, designed to enhance its efficiency.

The Tech-Deck Face embodies a modern reinterpretation of the familiar Škoda grille. Though it has similar lines, the Tech-Deck Face is significantly flatter and wider than the previous styling. The grille’s ribs of old have been replaced by dark glass that conceals the vehicle’s sensors.

The front of the vehicle also incorporates familiar design elements, such as the signature Škoda line. The redesigned Škoda ‘wordmark’ replaces the brand’s ‘picturemark’ and is complemented by a new ambient light strip. Beyond the light strip, narrow headlights are positioned further outwards and arranged in two rows one above the other, extending the four-eye light cluster to form a ‘T’. The daytime running lights extend well into the wings and form the sharply defined upper line of the ‘T’, visually framing the front. The rear LED lights are also arranged in a ‘T’.

The long passenger compartment hints at the generous interior space. Camera exterior mirrors and sensor door handles are recessed into the body and arranged vertically.

The robust bumpers at the front and rear of the Vision 7S are particularly striking and are made of durable, recycled tyres. This material is also used for the wheel arch linings and adds a rugged visual highlight.

Seven vertical air intakes are integrated into the front, through which air is directed to the cooling systems and brakes. The Vision 7S has nine vertical air outlets in the rear bumper. Squared-off wheel arches are prominent and clearly recessed within the exterior design. The vehicle’s aerodynamically optimised 22” wheels are almost completely closed.

Additional air outlets are positioned between the wheel arches and above the side skirts and act as running boards for the portal doors that swing up in opposite directions and also have cover grilles. These grilles channel the warm air generated from cooling the high-voltage battery to the outside. The flat roofline gently slopes to the rear and merges with a pronounced roof spoiler for high aerodynamic efficiency.

The matt metallic paint finish in “Explorer Green” underscores the minimalistic look of the Vision 7S. The concept is also the first time Škoda has debuted a new vehicle in a matt body colour.

Škoda says the concept vehicle’s minimalistic interior conveys a sense of space and security, further enhanced by the combination of dark and light materials. These are leather-free, mostly come from sustainable sources and are extremely durable thanks to smart material combinations.

One example is the floor of the Vision 7S, which is made from recycled tyres. The interior trim is also sustainable and coated with a fine, matt metallic layer to conserve valuable resources. The fabrics are made of 100% recycled polyester yarns.

In addition, the vehicle’s menu structure and infotainment functions have been streamlined, and the controls on the central, free-standing touchscreen, as well as haptic keys for important or frequently used functions, are particularly intuitive.

The minimalist, functional design of the Vision 7S concept conveys a sense of security and strength, as well as showcasing the enhanced aerodynamics of the vehicles Škoda will be adding to its portfolio in the years ahead.