GENEVA: Skoda will hold a world premiere here for its Vision X - the first hybrid vehicle in Skoda’s history with natural gas, petrol and electric drive.
The Czech manufacturer’s urban crossover study gives an outlook on the future of the automobile.
The concept with a CNG (compressed natural gas)/electric engine combination ensures spontaneous power delivery, increased agility and low CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km.
The Vision X drives with front, rear or four-wheel drive as needed. The rear-wheel-drive brings 1000Nm to the road, and the model has a range of up to 650km thanks to the additional petrol reserve tank.
The internal combustion engine is a 1.5-litre TSI G-TEC four-cylinder turbocharged engine specifically designed for use with CNG (compressed natural gas).
The CNG drive produces a maximum output of 130hp and a maximum torque of 250Nm. One CNG tank is located under the rear seat; the second behind the rear axle.
The Vision X is Skoda's first all-wheel-drive vehicle without a cardan shaft. This has clear benefits: Lower weight automatically means less consumption.
The Vision X will be introduced at the March 8-18 Geneva Motor Show 2018.