Above the seven inlets is a solid black panel, roughly in the shape of a Skoda grille, that presumably houses all the radar sensors and cameras. An actual grille is not needed because this car is designed to be entirely electric. The new lights are set wide apart to emphasise the well-planted look, and promise an entirely new lighting signature for the brand.
The seven-bar theme – doesn’t Jeep have design rights to that? – is repeated at the rear, as is the flash of orange for the centre bar. The rear lights are in a thin vertical stack, again to emphasise ground-hugging width, and there’s another shiny skid plate at the back as well. Skoda says the new look reflects brand values of robustness, functionality and authenticity.
Obviously it’s on unrealistically massive wheels with rubber bands for tyres – that’s what concept designers do – but there is enough going on elsewhere to imagine being carried over into production.
We might not have long to wait to find out; the Vision 7S seven-seat SUV concept is tipped to be unveiled at the end of August. It will be interesting to see how a machine that shouts performance and off-road toughness so loudly goes down with today’s typical Skoda buyer.