Skoda: “We will present the first PHEV model in 2019 and the first electromobile in 2020”
The Czech car manufaturer Skoda has announced and confirmed that its key models will be built exclusively at the Mlada Boleslav factory. Some of them will include some models with a full electric propulsion system, which will appear in a few years.
Skoda mentions that in 2019 it will start preparing for the launch of its first electromobile by producing models with hybrid propulsion systems. With the introduction of hybrid cars, Mlada Boleslav factory will start production of the components, which will later be implemented on Skoda’s electric models.
A start in this direction will be given by the introduction of PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) version of Skoda Superb sedan and a Skoda Kodiaq SUV with an analog propulsion unit. For both models, the base will be a 1.4-liter turbo TSI that will work together with an 114-hp electric motor. The total power that the unit will develop will be 218 hp, just like the one on a Volkswagen Passat GTE.
Time will pass, and over a year, in 2020, Skoda will present its first electromobile – a crossover that will be built on the Skoda Vision E concept. The VW Group’s MEB platform, specially designed for electric cars, will be the base.
The first Skoda electromobile will be the third model developed within the concern, based on the MEB platform, after first will see products under the Volkswagen and Audi brands.
In 2021, the Skoda should bring the most expensive model in its history – an electric crossover coupe, positioned in the range between Karoq and Kodiaq. It will produce at least 300 hp and will make the model even stronger in the history of the brand.
At the same time, Skoda does not intend to focus only on launching top and expensive models. The model range will also feature an affordable electromobile, a hatchback that will be built on the Volkswagen I.D. concept series version. It is believed that trough this model the name Felicia will return.
Two other new models in the Skoda range will be a compact crossover and a sports coupe, an ideological follower of the Skoda 110R. The last will most likely appear to 2025.