Skoda has previewed its new design language and promised a trio of new electric vehicles, but it hasn’t forgotten old combustion-powered favourites.
The brand has announced that, though it plans for over 70 per cent of its sales to be of all-electric models in Europe by 2030, it intends on “strengthening its product portfolio of highly efficient combustion engines”.
The current-generation Skoda Superb was first revealed at the 2015 Geneva motor show and went on sale locally in early 2016, while the Kodiaq followed in 2017. The latter recently received a mid-life facelift.
The Octavia is the newest of the trio, with its latest generation going on sale locally in late 2020. That would therefore make it due for a mid-life update around 2024.
While Skoda doesn’t currently sell any plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), the current Octavia and Superb are available in PHEV guise in markets like Europe.
The new generation combustion-powered Skodas will be joined by an expanded range of electric vehicles. It currently offers only one, the Enyaq iV.
The Skoda Vision 7S concept revealed this week previews a new design language that will be used on three electric vehicles (EVs) due by 2026, which includes a seven-seat “family car” based on the concept.
The other two are a compact SUV, which could reportedly be called the Elroq, and a small car
While Skoda is already planning its next generation of EVs, we’re still waiting for an all-electric model to launch Down Under.
The Czech automaker recently confirmed it plans to bring the Enyaq iV to Australia, but production shortages mean it won’t be ready to start taking orders until the second half of 2023.
Based on the current timeline, local deliveries probably won’t start until 2024.
Both the conventional SUV and ‘coupe SUV’ body styles of the Enyaq iV are set to come Down Under.
Volkswagen also recently announced it plans to launch the ID.4 and ID.5 all-electric SUVs before the end of 2023 if the company’s local division gets its way.