Currently reading: 2025 Skoda Epiq is rugged urban EV for sub-£25,000
New entry-level SUV is due on sale next year at less than £25,000, targeting reborn Renault 4 and Fiat Panda

The next model in Skoda’s electric car offensive is a new entry-level SUV called the Epiq, due on sale next year at less than £25,000.

Revealed in concept form as part of Skoda’s annual press conference, the Epiq is a rugged, 4x4-inspired sibling to the Cupra Raval and Volkswagen ID 2 superminis that will square off with the likes of the next Fiat Panda and reborn Renault 4.

It's the second of six new EVs due from Skoda in the coming years, the first being a compact crossover called the Elroq, which will be closely related to the Volkswagen ID 3 and effectively serve as an electric alternative to the Karoq.

That car will be revealed in production form in the coming months and has been earmarked to receive a sporting vRS version.

Skoda has revealed few details of the Epiq so far, apart from its target price of €25,000 (£21,350), its luggage capacity of 490 litres (the same as the ID 2) and its target range of more than 400km (249 miles).

The five-door, five-seat Epiq will be built in Spain on the new MEB Entry EV architecture, the development of which is being led by Cupra.

The architecture is set to feature a single front-mounted motor and battery options of 38kWh and 56kWh, the larger offering 125kW charging speeds to take charge from 10-80% in 20 minutes.

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The battery will support bi-directional charging, which means it can power external devices or bolster home electricity networks.

The Epiq embodies Skoda’s new Modern Solid design language, as showcased in 2022 with the much larger Vision 7S concept, which majored on “robustness, functionality and authenticity”.

It will be the first Skoda, though, to carry that theme overtly over to the cabin, which is minimalist and utilitarian in its layout but hosts the latest infotainment software and in-car tech - while retaining physical buttons for key functions, including on the steering wheel.

Like the ID 2, the Epiq has an interior finished in “durable, practical and sustainable” materials and featuring lots of storage.

Skoda’s sales figures for 2023 have been confirmed at 866,800, a rise of 18.5% on the previous year. The Czech firm increased profits to €1.8 billion from revenues of €26.5bn, giving it an operating margin of 6.7%. 

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The Apprentice 16 March 2024
Nah, generic front with a bit if Jeep grill tacked on, back Volvo with a bit of Jeep grill tacked on, interior by Dyson but these things are all just White goods now. Cars got so dull.
LP in Brighton 15 March 2024

Agreed it looks terrific, but why can't new cars have proper round or square head and tail lights?

The trend towards sheavily stylised led strips of all shapes and sizes is frankly confusing at night, looks a mess and makes it harder to judge vehicle width. Added to which is the tendency to fit sequential turn indicators and EV brake lights which flash on with erratic throttle use. Not to mention cars with excesively bright headlamps with poorly controlled auto dipping. 

But let's not forget this is a concept car which may be substantially altered before production begins. 

Andrew1 16 March 2024

The width of the car is from the left most point of the lights to the right most point. You are welcome.

harf 15 March 2024

I concur, looks like a decent bit of external design.

However, this E___q naming convention is utterly ridiculous and needs changing.

 Though Toyota still leads the way on stops naming with the bZ4x - I mean, you'd just be embarrassed to tell people what you had, and that surely doesn't translate into a sales success