Vehicle OEM Škoda has released the first interior sketch of the Vision 7S concept study, providing a preview of the manufacturer’s change in design language.
The sketch shows a versatile interior produced using sustainable materials and with space for up to seven people across three rows of seats. The OEM’s new design concept has also placed a focus on the inclusion of intuitive controls and digital technologies.
With a symmetrical wraparound design and a wide, horizontal dashboard that extends to the doors, the Vision 7S’s interior has been designed to enhance the sense of space. Hand rests have been positioned to enable an easy and convenient way of interacting with the vehicle’s touchscreen and haptic controls. The redesigned steering wheel also features haptic buttons.
The Škoda concept benefits from ambient lighting that can highlight charging status or provide lighting when getting in or out of the cabin. The door cards feature interactive haptic and visual elements. For safety, an integrated child seat has been placed in the center console. Holders for multimedia devices have also been fitted to the backrest of the front seats, in addition to integrated backpacks.
The interior can be used in either a driving or relaxing configuration. In driving mode, all the Vision 7S’s controls are placed in optimal positions, and the central touchscreen is vertically aligned to display relevant information. If the driver or occupants need to rest, relax mode can be selected. This results in the steering wheel and instrument cluster sliding forward, while the first- and second-row seats move back into a much more relaxed position for added space and comfort.
“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,” explained Oliver Stefani, head of Škoda Design. “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.”