Family race: Skoda to release compact electric car ahead of Volkswagen

Family race: Skoda to release compact electric car ahead of Volkswagen


In the next few years, Skoda will expand its EV lineup with a coupe version of the Enyaq iV SUV and a new smaller model that could also become a crossover.

The Czech firm has recently launched Enyaq, its first all-new electric vehicle based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform. Although the Enyaq is nearly identical in size and performance to the Volkswagen ID.4, it has a longer wheelbase and 42 liters more trunk space than its German sibling.

Skoda Chief Designer Oliver Stephanie said the emphasis on luggage space reflects the popularity of the Octavia and Superb models, adding that this will remain a design priority for the company’s future EVs.

“Space is very important to us,” Stephanie told Autocar. “This is functionality. People love it and we don’t want to give it up. Each brand should take its place. We are 100% confident that even with a large trunk we can make a beautiful and attractive car. ”

The Enyaq coupe has already been tested ahead of its planned debut next year. It is expected to be followed by a more compact MEB-based car that will be close in size to the Volkswagen ID.3. As with the hatchback, the new Skoda will only be offered with rear-wheel drive, but with three batteries and two power options.

As Skoda focuses on interior space, the vehicle is expected to be oversized to make it look more like a crossover.

Stephanie also hinted that future electric Skodas will have a more “emotional” design based on the Enyaq, but not similar to the design of cars with traditional internal combustion engines.

“Enyaq clearly resembles our ICE vehicles because it is the only electric vehicle we have and we wanted to make it a member of the big Skoda family,” Stephanie said. “When we have more electric vehicles, we will develop the idea of ​​these electric vehicles much further. We do not know where to go, but we do not stand still. We will make them more modern and more in line with the market and customer expectations, but they should always be Skoda. ”

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