Skoda looks to be taking its signature Simply Clever tagline to the next level with its upcoming concept car.
Dubbed the Vision 7S, the Skoda concept is all-electric with space for up to seven people across three rows of seating.
There’s even a special integrated child seat on the centre console which, according to Skoda, is the safest place in a vehicle.
Skoda says the interior of the new Vision 7S concept has a “symmetrical wrap-around design” with a full-width horizontal dashboard that “enhanc[es] the sense of space”. Overall it’s intended to be a very minimalist space.
Simply Clever touches inside the cabin of the concept include front seatbacks featuring iPad holders and integrated backpacks, door panels with interactive haptic and visual elements, haptic controls on the steering wheel, a rotating infotainment touchscreen, and a handrest for infotainment operation.
The Skoda Vision 7S concept offers different seating configurations for either driving or relaxing.
When in the driving mode, the infotainment is vertically-oriented and all the controls, including the steering wheel and instrument cluster, are within the reach of the driver.
The relaxing mode, on the other hand, is meant for when you’re either parked or charging. It slides the steering wheel and instrument cluster forward, slides the first- and second-row of seats backwards, and rotates the infotainment screen horizontally.
All of these changes in the relaxing mode are said to give passengers “maximum space and comfort”.
There are apparently sustainable materials throughout the interior, but Skoda hasn’t detailed exactly what these are yet.
According to Skoda, the Vision 7S concept is the first to feature its new design language. This was announced at its annual press conference in March 2022.
Upcoming Skoda cars will built on its traditional values of “robustness, functionality and authenticity”, but apparently be “characterised by spaciousness, durable and sustainable materials and an aerodynamic, efficient shape”.
For now we’ll have to wait and see what this ambiguous Skoda Vision 7S concept looks like on the outside.
In the sketch there are shadowy glimpses of the bonnet and a strange-looking roof element at the rear that has a concave section in the middle.
It’s expected this design language and the technology within the Skoda Vision 7S concept will inform future production cars.