Skoda's first all-electric car will go on sale around the end of the decade; it's likely to be larger than Volkswagen's ID concept
Jim Holder
23 March 2017

The first Skoda electric SUV concept will be unveiled at the Shanghai motor show in April and is targeted to go on sale at the start of the next decade.

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.”

The Skoda Karoq is set to replace the Yeti - read our review here

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

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23 March 2017
Did Skoda phone up Autocar and say can you do an article on how green we're gonna be (in 3-4 years), Nissan will be doing flying EV's by then.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

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