Skoda will launch a vRS performance version of its upcoming electric SUV in 2022, likely badged eRS.
Following the launch of the standalone zero-emissions model late in 2020, as previewed in the Vision E concept, a hot version will be added to the line-up, Skoda’s sales and marketing chief Alain Favey has confirmed.
“There will be a vRS version of our future electric car,” he said. “It will be more about styling and experience, and not necessarily performance."
Talking more broadly about the vRS performance brand, Favey said: “Customers like the sporty experience without [the car] being a flashy sports car. The most powerful vRS is 245bhp, so it’s about the look and the sporty driving of the car.”
Currently, the only vRS model on sale is the Octavia. However, a Kodiaq vRS will be launched later this year.
The Fabia vRS, a model which previously existed between 2010 and 2014, could also be re-introduced on the next generation of the supermini, which won’t arrive until the next decade. Favey said he believes there is a market for a vRS variant but nothing is yet decided. “The next-generation Fabia will come after 2020 and we are working on different options," he said. "I think there is a market for a vRS.”
Last year, Autocar reported a next-generation Fabia vRS is likely to be hybrid. “For the next generation of Fabia, there could be an alternative. We could look at the opportunities a bit differently,” boss Bernhard Maier said at the time. Asked if this meant electrification, he replied: “That would make sense, yes.”