Skoda's SUV model plan for China includes two new SUVs ahead of the Kodiaq coupé...
...the first is likely to be a replacement for the Yeti.
The second is tipped to be an all-electric SUV, which will be previewed in concept form at the Shanghai motor show next month. Its last SUV concept was the VisionS (pictured).
Skoda's first electrified model, however, will be a plug-in hybrid variant of the Superb saloon.
A new image revealing Skoda's strategy for China hints the advent of two new SUVs, dubbed 'Model K' and 'Model Q', to come ahead of the Kodiaq coupé - one likely being the replacement for the Yeti, while the other will be an all-new model. The image surfaced on a Facebook fan page.
Although few details have been revealed, Skoda research and development boss Christian Strube confirmed that the brand’s first all-electric car was imminent.
“It’s in the design studio and will be ready for Shanghai in April,” he said. “It is our interpretation of a car on the [VW Group’s] MEB platform and it will be packed with technology and really emotional.”
Skoda’s first electrified car is set to be a Superb plug-in hybrid, due to go on sale in 2019. However, Strube confirmed that the first all-electric car wouldn't be far behind, suggesting an on-sale date of 2020 or 2021.
“We won’t be the first brand in the group to have an MEB car on sale, but we will be fast followers and at the forefront when compared to our competition.”
The VW Group’s electric car plans have accelerated significantly in the wake of the Dieselgate scandal, leading to last year’s unveiling of the ID which has the dimensions of a Golf and the interior space of a Passat. The group has targeted a million electric car sales by 2020.
Strube didn’t elaborate on what size or style of car the concept would be but the new image and previous reports suggest that it will have an SUV bodystyle. Sister brand Volkswagen is also tipped to take an all-electric ID SUV to Shanghai.
Geneva motor show - the 14 cars you must see