Skoda will be unveiling a new concept car at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, called the MissionL.
This C-segment sedan is based on the car maker’s new design language, and seems to be a more production-ready version of the Vision D revealed earlier in the year. When you look at the car from the side you clearly notice the cues inherited from the D, especially the taillights, and the rear hatch. The unique shape of the body gives it the profile of a sedan but with added practicality, as the rear window opens with the trunk lid, like the Octavia.
This sedan however, is more compact. The MissionL is an evolution of the Volkswagen PQ25 platform – the same one which underpins the current Vento, Polo and Fabia. The Fabia sedan or Lauretta though, will be the first Skoda product to be based on the new MissionL platform. The Chinese and European versions will follow afterward. The MissionL boasts of optical light-guides for the Day-time Running Lights (DRLs) like the ones seen on the new Audis. The tail dons a similar design too.
While MissionL will showcase the design of the sub-Octavia/Laura compact sedan for the European market, its Indian version will get the Fabia front end – which means no optical light guides or fancy DRLs. The European version however, could be manufactured in India and exported to the European and other markets as is the case with the Volkswagen Polo.
Though based on the Vento platform, the MissionL / Fabia sedan / Lauretta will get Skoda’s trademark notchback design. The MissionL will be Skoda’s sixth model line after the Fabia, Laura, Yeti, Superb and Praktik (not sold in India). The MissionL’s Indian version is speculated to be called ‘Lauretta’ and will be launched in India in November 2011.
“Revealing the look of our new compact model, the MissionL shows exactly the direction our brand is going to take. The world premiere in Frankfurt gives a clear signal that ŠKODA is going full steam ahead now. We are going to present a new vehicle every six months over the next two or three years,” Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, ŠKODA Board Chairman, said.
Also see – 2011 Geneva – Skoda VisionD Concept