After the demise of the Citigoᵉ iV earlier this year, Skoda now appears to be interested in launching a new zero-emission city car.
The tiny electric hatchback should follow in the footsteps of the upcoming Volkswagen ID.1, with which it would share its platform.
“We would definitely try to follow suit on that”, said Skoda chairman Thomas Schafer, as cited by AutoExpress. “If the platform is there, we could do something clever on top of it – it would definitely look completely different. It’s a good side of the family, so you don’t have to do everything yourself.”
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Both the VW ID.1 and the new Skoda electric city car are expected to be based on a smaller version of the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. The Czech model will reportedly have a targeted price below that of the ID.1, which will start under £20,000 (equal to $26,450). That should make it the Group’s most affordable electric vehicle, although it is unlikely to launch before the middle of the decade.
Until then, Skoda will focus on the launch of the Enyaq crossover, whose deliveries will kick off next year, and a smaller electric hatchback.
“One of our biggest focuses at the moment is to go below the Enyaq, that will be our first priority, then together with the Group, we could do something that is a city vehicle”, Skoda’s boss added.
Schafer hinted that after 2025, they might also launch an electric sedan that would have a similar footprint to the Octavia, yet the nameplate will survive the electrification of the range because, as Skoda’s head honcho stated, “the Octavia is our key, key model”.