Skoda unveils new pickup concept

Skoda Funstar

Skoda has lifted the covers off a brand-new pickup concept based on the Fabia supermini, called Funstar.

Designed by a group of 23 teenage apprentices at the Skoda Academy in the Czech Republic, this design study has been commissioned purely as a show-stopping concept, and will not go into production. It is due to be shown-off at he Volkswagen Group's annual festival on the shores of lake Worthersee, Austria.

This sporty two-seater pickup model shares its underpinnings with the standard Fabia hatchback, and features that car's 121bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine and seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

The apprentices – somewhat predictably – originally wanted the Funstar to feature the larger 1.8-litre turbo motor found in the Octavia saloon, though it was eventually discounted for being too large and powerful - despite the fact that the model will never go on sale.

Skoda Funstar Concept

Skoda Funstar Concept

However, for a sporty aesthetic, the Funstar sits on 18-inch alloy wheels lifted directly from the brand's performance flagship, the Octavia VRS. The headlights have also been altered to incorporate green (Skoda's brand colour) LED daytime running lights.

Look past the eye-searing green and white colour scheme of the interior and you'll find sports seats and steering wheel, a thumping 1400W sound system and a smartphone compatible touchscreen infotainment system.

The Funstar follows on from last year's Skoda Citijet Concept, which was essentially a convertible version of the brand's Citigo supermini. It was designed by a group of Skoda's top apprentices, while a local primary school helped come up with the name.