The first 100% electric car from Skoda will not be the SUV coupé inspired by the Vision iV concept car unveiled in Geneva 2019, nor the one derived from the Vision E prototype presented in 2017 in Shanghai. There is another model, definitely cheaper and “ready to use”, to show off: the Skoda Citigo city car. The economy car of the Czech brand will inherit the electric powertrain from the “twin” Volkswagen e-Up: the debut is scheduled for next May 23rd.
A sketch published on Skoda’s social media channels anticipates the arrival of the brand’s first electric car. Waiting for the new models developed on the MEB modular platform (HERE details) that gave birth to Volkswagen ID.3 (prices and the link to the pre-order of the Volkswagen electric), the first 100% electric car from Skoda will be the Citigo. Probably known as Citigo-e iV – suffix that should identify all future electric vehicles of the brand – the new city car will resume the style of the internal combustion version and the powertrain of Volkswagen e-Up, the electric city car that we tested in 2018.
According to Motor1.com, however, there may be several new features to distinguish the two electric “cousins” (three if we also count the announced electric Seat e-Mii): in addition to the design, updated with a “full” grille, the autonomy should vary significantly, reaching 300 km with a recharge in the NEDC cycle, which could become about 200 km in real conditions. Superior, therefore, compared to the real 140 km guaranteed by the current e-Up.
All with the same 18.7 kWh capacity for the battery pack, whose cells will have greater energy density. The engine, on the other hand, should not undergo variations: 82 HP of power (60 kW) and 210 Nm of torque will make Citigo electric as bright as needed when starting from a standstill, considering the weight of just under 1,200 kg. Skoda’s electrified innovations do not end there: still on May 23, the Czech House will unveil the restyling of the flagship Superb (anticipated earlier this week), also announced in a plug-in hybrid version.