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Skoda readying electrical fashions to take a seat beside Excellent, Octavia | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Printed On Dec 04, 2021 08:00:00 AM

New EV sedan, wagons to take a seat beside current Excellent and Octavia vary. It’ll most certainly get distinctive advertising names.

Skoda, who simply started its EV journey with the Enyaq (due in India subsequent yr), is getting ready an extended record of electrical fashions for its international line-up. The model goals to switch its hottest vehicles with EV equivalents in future.

  • Skoda to have a number of EV fashions in future
  • Octavia, Excellent to get EV equal fashions
  • Enyaq to return to India subsequent yr principally by way of CKD route

The Skoda Octavia stays Skoda’s bestselling mannequin globally, regardless of the rising recognition of SUVs and is tipped to be succeeded by an electrical equal. Within the first 9 months of 2021, Skoda offered 1,59,400 Octavias, which means it considerably outsold the model’s three SUVs. In the identical interval, Skoda offered 99,100 Kamiqs, 96,600 Karoqs and 82,600 Kodiaq SUVs globally.

Nonetheless, SUVs account for an enormous proportion of the model’s gross sales, and its first three bespoke EVs will all sit on this section. The Enyaq iV will quickly be adopted by a smaller crossover and Skoda’s entry-level EV, due round 2025, shall be a compact, urban-oriented EV within the vein of its Volkswagen ID 2 sibling.

Nevertheless, gross sales and advertising boss Martin Jahn instructed our sister journal Autocar UK that Skoda does not plan to change into solely an SUV producer. “We’re dedicated to the wants of our prospects,” he stated. “Sooner or later, we are going to all the time attempt to discover shapes and bodystyles that our prospects expect. I believe that we are going to proceed with the vary of vehicles of Octavia and Excellent. We nonetheless see a necessity for these vehicles, so they’ll proceed for a while.”

And such vehicles nonetheless have a spot within the model’s future electrical line-up, in accordance with Jahn. “We shall be taking a look at bringing a automobile just like Octavia, a automobile with the same function: for people who find themselves a bit extra conservative, who don’t need an SUV, or for firm fleets who do not need to have SUVs however need totally different physique shapes,” he stated.

That implies that any electrical Octavia equal will not share the present automobile’s title, and certainly Skoda is following the same product technique to guardian firm Volkswagen in advertising its new bespoke EVs individually from current combustion fashions. Skoda may provide its personal model of Volkswagen’s upcoming ‘Aero-B’ electrical saloon, which itself is basically an EV equal of the Passat. That automobile is due in 2023 and has been noticed in near-production-ready type just lately, exhibiting a last design developed from 2018’s ID Vizzion idea. Just like the Aero-B, Skoda’s first electrical saloon can be extremely prone to get an property model.

“The Combi [estate] form was very profitable for Skoda, and this form defines Skoda in a method,” defined Jahn. “That is the best way we shall be taking a look at new electrical vehicles. Much like immediately, it will likely be predominantly SUV, however there shall be different shapes.”

Skoda’s EV plan for India

Skoda is planning to deliver the Enyaq iV all-electric SUV to India someday in 2022, most certainly by way of the CKD route; it’s estimated to be priced round Rs 35 lakh-40 lakh.

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