ŠKODA AUTO presents a further preview of the brand’s forthcoming change in design language. The first interior sketch of the VISION 7S concept study reveals a spacious car for up to seven people that features an all-new, versatile interior architecture. Sustainable materials are used to create the minimalist interior. The new design language focuses on the inclusion of intuitive controls and digital technologies.
The fully-electric VISION 7S is ŠKODA’s first concept car to feature the manufacturer’s new design language. The first sketch showcases the inside of the car. In addition to sustainable materials, the minimalist interior is characterised by generous space for up to seven people in three rows of seats and incorporates ŠKODA’s signature Simply Clever features.
Head of ŠKODA Design, Oliver Stefani, explains: “The new design language is minimalist, functional and authentic. In the future, we will continue to focus on ŠKODA’s traditional strengths, such as generous space, easy usability and a high degree of functionality. With our new design language, we are taking the next step and placing even greater emphasis on the customer experience. The creativity of our designers and engineers is demonstrated through movable interior elements and newly developed Simply Clever features such as an integrated child seat. The deliberately minimalist lines also extend the clear exterior design into the interior.”
Innovative detail solutions
The interior of the new VISION 7S concept car features a symmetrical wrap-around design. A wide, horizontal dashboard that extends to the doors, enhances the sense of space. An optimally positioned hand rest makes interacting with the touch screen and haptic buttons easy and convenient. Haptic controls are integrated into the redesigned steering wheel. Ambient lighting highlights various areas of the interior, including charging status, and provides appropriate lighting when getting in and out of the car. The door panels also feature interactive haptic and visual elements. The integrated child seat is located in the centre console – the safest place in a vehicle. The backrests of the front seats are fitted with holders for multimedia devices for passengers in the second and third rows. These also have backpacks integrated into them.
Innovative sliding controls for different modes
The spacious interior offers two distinct configurations to provide a new spatial experience for different situations – driving and relaxing. In driving mode, all the controls are set in their ideal positions and the central touchscreen is vertically aligned to display all the relevant information while driving.
Relax mode can be activated when charging or stopping for a rest; the steering wheel and instrument cluster slide forward and the first and second row seats move back for an even more relaxed seating position. This option offers passengers maximum space and comfort.
ŠKODA AUTO announced its new design language at its annual press conference in March earlier this year. The new design language is based on traditional brand values such as robustness, functionality and authenticity. The upcoming design language is characterised by spaciousness, durable and sustainable materials and an aerodynamic, efficient shape.