Skoda electric car range to grow with Felicia E hatch and coupe-SUV by 2020



Skoda has big plans in the EV arena with a pure electric hatchback, coupe SUV and sports car all coming soon

2017-08-12 16:05
Skoda is gearing up for a double electric onslaught by the start of the next decade, launching a pure-electric hatchback and a coupe-SUV thats likely to become the most expensive vehicle in the brands 122-year history.
The Czech manufacturer will launch its electrified vehicle strategy with a Superb plug-in hybrid and an electric version of its Citigo in 2019. But it will really push ahead with its dedicated EV plans a year later, with the production version of its Vision E concept, which was revealed at this years Shanghai Motor Show. Itll be one of the first cars to appear on the VW Groups new MEB chassis architecture, which has been designed to accommodate all-electric powertrains.
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Volkswagens I.D. will be the first MEB car, with an Audi variant following soon after. Skodas effort is being given almost the same level of priority in the rollout because of the companys burgeoning sales in China, seen as a key developing region for EVs, so itll appear in 2020.
The coupe-SUV will sit between the Karoq and Kodiaq in length, but the clever packaging allowed by MEB should mean that its interior space is at least a match for the latter of those models.

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The number of batteries required to power its 302bhp electric motors and deliver an expected range of up to 500km 310 miles will mean a price tag of around 40,000. That would make it the most expensive vehicle in Skodas line-up, but around half the price of a Tesla Model X.
Skoda has yet to confirm a badge for its big coupe, but the company has registered a wide range of names ending in the letter Q its designation for SUVs. Amiq, Eliaq and Anuq are among the possible names for the new model. Its likely to be built at the VW Groups factory in Bratislava, Slovakia, alongside other MEB products.


New Skoda EV hatch could get Felicia E name
The coupe-SUV will sit on one of the longer MEB wheelbases, but around a year after its arrival on the market, the brand will add a second, smaller EV designed for more modest budgets.
This car which could potentially bring back a famous old Skoda name by carrying the badge Felicia E will, in effect, be the firms version of the I.D. hatchback, complete with that cars rear-mounted 168bhp electric motor. It will also mirror the Volkswagens probable I.D. range structure, which is likely to feature at least two grades of model that will allow buyers to prioritise either cost or battery capacity and range.
The Felicia E is likely to be about the same size as the Rapid Spaceback, so it will be smaller than an Octavia. But the packaging advantages offered by MEB mean that its cabin space could come close to that of the roomy Superb.
VW has stated that this I.D. hatch will cost roughly the same as a well specced diesel Golf around 26,000 and Skoda is likely to undercut that figure slightly, giving the Felicia E a starting price of around 24,000.

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Smaller Karoq-sized electric SUV and 300bhp sports car by 2025
These two models will be joined in the first half of the decade by a smaller pure-electric SUV a sister car, in effect, to the Karoq and, in what is seen as a significant move by a practicality-focused brand, an all-electric coupe. This model which could be a two-door or a four-door coupe saloon was referenced by Skodas head of research and development Christian Strube back in May. When asked if Skoda would build a sports coup in the spirit of its old 110R, Strube replied: Yes, but electric.
Its expected to have a pair of electric motors, more than 300bhp and a range in excess of 300 miles. Skoda will feel comfortable with launching this car in China, where there is little brand legacy, but the company may hesitate before offering it to customers in Western Europe, where Skoda is known for practicality.
This uncertainty about being desirable continues to hold up the coupe version of the regular Kodiaq. That conventionally powered car is destined to arrive in China before the end of the decade, but its still not confirmed outside that region due to marketing concerns and limitations on manufacturing capacity.
What do you think of Skodas electric car plans? Let us know in the comments

John McIlroy

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Skoda has big plans in the EV arena with a pure electric hatchback, coupe SUV and sports car all coming soon

2017-08-12 16:05
Skoda is gearing up for a double electric onslaught by the start of the next decade, launching a pure-electric hatchback and a coupe-SUV thats likely to become the most expensive vehicle in the brands 122-year history.
The Czech manufacturer will launch its electrified vehicle strategy with a Superb plug-in hybrid and an electric version of its Citigo in 2019. But it will really push ahead with its dedicated EV plans a year later, with the production version of its Vision E concept, which was revealed at this years Shanghai Motor Show. Itll be one of the first cars to appear on the VW Groups new MEB chassis architecture, which has been designed to accommodate all-electric powertrains.
Best electric cars to buy now
Volkswagens I.D. will be the first MEB car, with an Audi variant following soon after. Skodas effort is being given almost the same level of priority in the rollout because of the companys burgeoning sales in China, seen as a key developing region for EVs, so itll appear in 2020.
The coupe-SUV will sit between the Karoq and Kodiaq in length, but the clever packaging allowed by MEB should mean that its interior space is at least a match for the latter of those models.

Image 2 of 6
Image 2 of 6

The number of batteries required to power its 302bhp electric motors and deliver an expected range of up to 500km 310 miles will mean a price tag of around 40,000. That would make it the most expensive vehicle in Skodas line-up, but around half the price of a Tesla Model X.
Skoda has yet to confirm a badge for its big coupe, but the company has registered a wide range of names ending in the letter Q its designation for SUVs. Amiq, Eliaq and Anuq are among the possible names for the new model. Its likely to be built at the VW Groups factory in Bratislava, Slovakia, alongside other MEB products.


New Skoda EV hatch could get Felicia E name
The coupe-SUV will sit on one of the longer MEB wheelbases, but around a year after its arrival on the market, the brand will add a second, smaller EV designed for more modest budgets.
This car which could potentially bring back a famous old Skoda name by carrying the badge Felicia E will, in effect, be the firms version of the I.D. hatchback, complete with that cars rear-mounted 168bhp electric motor. It will also mirror the Volkswagens probable I.D. range structure, which is likely to feature at least two grades of model that will allow buyers to prioritise either cost or battery capacity and range.
The Felicia E is likely to be about the same size as the Rapid Spaceback, so it will be smaller than an Octavia. But the packaging advantages offered by MEB mean that its cabin space could come close to that of the roomy Superb.
VW has stated that this I.D. hatch will cost roughly the same as a well specced diesel Golf around 26,000 and Skoda is likely to undercut that figure slightly, giving the Felicia E a starting price of around 24,000.

Image 5 of 6
Image 5 of 6

Smaller Karoq-sized electric SUV and 300bhp sports car by 2025
These two models will be joined in the first half of the decade by a smaller pure-electric SUV a sister car, in effect, to the Karoq and, in what is seen as a significant move by a practicality-focused brand, an all-electric coupe. This model which could be a two-door or a four-door coupe saloon was referenced by Skodas head of research and development Christian Strube back in May. When asked if Skoda would build a sports coup in the spirit of its old 110R, Strube replied: Yes, but electric.
Its expected to have a pair of electric motors, more than 300bhp and a range in excess of 300 miles. Skoda will feel comfortable with launching this car in China, where there is little brand legacy, but the company may hesitate before offering it to customers in Western Europe, where Skoda is known for practicality.
This uncertainty about being desirable continues to hold up the coupe version of the regular Kodiaq. That conventionally powered car is destined to arrive in China before the end of the decade, but its still not confirmed outside that region due to marketing concerns and limitations on manufacturing capacity.
What do you think of Skodas electric car plans? Let us know in the comments

John McIlroy

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