Skoda will expand its range of electric cars over the next few years with a coupe version of the Enyaq iV SUV and a new, smaller model that is expected to take the form of a crossover.
The Czech company recently launched the Enyaq as the first bespoke electric vehicle on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform.
Although virtually identical in size and specification to the Volkswagen ID 4, the Enyaq features an extended wheelbase and a larger 42-liter trunk, at 585 liters.
Skoda chief design officer Oliver Stefani said the emphasis on luggage space reflects the popularity of the Octavia and Superb areas, adding that it will remain a design priority for future electric cars from the business.
“Space is very important to us,” Stefani told Autocar. “It’s functionality. People love it, and it’s not something we want to give up. Each brand must play its role.
“The large cargo area and trunk is something you find on the Enyaq. And compared to other partners who share the [MEB] platform, it has the longest rear overhang.
“We are 100% convinced that even with a big trunk we can make a nice, attractive car. “
The Enyaq coupe has already been seen in test ahead of its scheduled arrival next year. It should be followed by a smaller MEB-based car that will be close to the Volkswagen ID 3.
As with this sedan, the new Skoda will only offer one rear-wheel drive, but three battery capacities and two power outputs.
With Skoda focusing on interior space, the car’s dimensions are expected to be stretched, giving it more of a crossover shape to maximize interior capacity without significantly increasing the footprint.
Stefani also hinted that future electric Skodas will feature a more “emotional” design that will build on the Enyaq while moving further away from its combustion engine lineup.
“The Enyaq is clearly linked to our ICE cars because it is the only electric vehicle we have and we wanted to make it part of the family,” Stefani said. “Once we have more electric cars, we will develop the idea of these electric cars a lot more.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-13 23:01:23