Škoda’s EV Concept Promises Extra Cabin Space

Czech carmaker Škoda has published the first rendition of the interior of its new EV concept to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The artists’ impression of the Škoda Vision iV’s cabin points to the design language to be used on Škoda’s first car to be based on modular electric drive kit (MEB) platform. One of the innovations an apparently free-floating central screen and a two-spoke square steering wheel.

With the MEB platform not requiring the usual central transmission tunnel, the carmaker’s designers have been able to imagine different uses for the extra space. As a result, the layout of the instrument panel and center console have been reconfigured. Extra storage capacity has been provided for between the driver and the front passenger at a level easy to access for both. There is also space for two mobile phones to charge wirelessly in the new central console.

The instrument panel consists of two levels and the large free-standing screen ‘hovers’ in its center while in front there is a ledge to rest and steady the user’s hand when operating the touch screen.

The carmaker claims it will be investing around €2Bn ($2.26Bn) over the next four years in alternative drive systems and new mobility services and expects to have introduced ten electrified models by the end of 2022.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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