While we're promised that the two upcoming Skodas that will sit on the Volkswagen Group's forthcoming MEB pure electric architecture are more adventurous, the Citigo-e is much more traditional. The body-coloured radiator grille is the most obvious sign of the different powerplant from the regular car. All Citigo-es will have five doors, and there will be two trim levels – SE and SE L – in the UK.
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As in the e-Up, power comes from a single electric motor driving the front wheels and supplied by a 36.8kWh lithium ion battery positioned underneath the floor; 155lb ft of torque should ensure peppy responses. Skoda claims a 0-62mph time of 12.5sec, but the top speed will be limited to 81mph. Expect it to be very close to the e-Up’s 1229kg kerb weight.
The final UK specification hasn't yet been revealed, but the European Style trim - which is in effect SE L - features a high-speed Combined Charging System as standard. This can support DC charging at up to 40kW, sufficient to replenish the battery to 80% in an hour. Using the standard AC port, a 7.2kW system will take just over four hours to deliver the same level of charge; a 2.3kW domestic wallbox will take around 12 and a half hours. The DC charger - and a higher-rated AC cable - will be optional on the cheaper model.
Based on what we've been told about the Euro-spec Ambition, the entry-level SE will be modestly equipped, although we will get 14in alloy wheels instead of the steel rims that will be standard in Europe. There is also climate control and a smartphone dock built into the dashboard - as in the regular Citigo - capable of displaying some EV-specific information. The plusher Style - which will become our SE L - gets a leather steering wheel and 16in alloys.
Order books for the Citigo-e will open in the autumn, with first deliveries expected early next year. We're told to expect a price of around £15,000, with the step between SE and SE L versions similar to that of the petrol-powered Citigo at around £550.
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