Skoda publishes the first exterior sketches of its Vision 7S design study. They show a crossover with little window space, huge wheels, and martial-looking underride protection.
The study is to show the brand’s new design language called Modern Solid. You can see “a powerful SUV with a distinctively designed front section and T-shaped headlights.”
Skoda does not say anything about the size of the vehicle, but the interior teasers published a week ago showed a six-seater – so it must be a car that is at least the size of the Kodiaq or Enyaq (around 4.70 meters). One of the special features of the seating system is the centrally installed child seat, which probably also explains the designation 7S: if you include the baby seat, there are seven seats.
The grill is flatter and wider than before and completely black; if the sketch is correct, it is closed. The headlights are a long way off. They are arranged in pairs one above the other. With the thin strip of daytime running lights above it, the result is a T-shaped light signature.
To emphasize the sporty impression, the front hood has a recess in the middle. More striking is the black bumper and especially the shiny silver underbody protection (according to Skoda made of aluminum) with its seven vertical air intakes. Jeep won’t like that detail because the US brand’s brand identity has included seven slots in the grille since the days of the Willys Jeep. In contrast to Jeep, however, Skoda highlights the middle air intake in orange.
Large, aerodynamically optimized wheels, a high side wall, and a low height of the “greenhouse” (the passenger cabin) dominate the side view. The roof line slopes slightly towards the rear. At the rear, there are the same seven slots on the skid plate, and the lights are also arranged in a T-shape. There is also a wavy roof spoiler.
Overall, the sketches look significantly different than the first teaser for the car that Skoda showed at the annual press conference in March. On this basis, TopElectricSUV developed a rendering that looks much more normal. The vertical air intakes can also be seen on it (albeit one too many), but Skoda has come up with a different solution for the lights.
The new design language should radiate solidity, functionality, and authenticity. Skoda also promises durable, sustainable materials, an aerodynamic, efficient shape, and a generous sense of space.
In the cockpit, there is an almost rectangular steering wheel, above which a small instrument display can be seen. To the right of that is a large, vertically built-in touchscreen in the center. The traditional rotary controls below show that not everything has to be adjusted via the monitor.
Skoda still does not provide any information about the drive. The air intakes at the front are more indicative of a combustion engine, but this is by no means a sure sign. On the other hand, the short overhangs at the front and rear and the closed grill speak in favor of an electric car.
According to rumors on the web, the 7S is said to be an electric SUV that is larger than the Enyaq. We will know in a week whether that is true and what the study looks like in reality, because it will be officially presented on August 30th.
So far, Skoda has only two electric cars on the market, the Enyaq, and Enyaq Coupé. A small electric car has been announced for 2025. Overall, Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer has promised three electric cars below the Enyaq . Asked about the prospects for a seven-seater, Schäfer replied: “Never say never. We’re taking one step at a time – but we promised that the three models below the Enyaq would have priority for the time being.”