Skoda just lately revealed a press launch reaffirming its dedication to creating its enterprise extra sustainable and electrifying its lineup. The announcement additionally confirmed the Volkswagen-owned Czech automaker would launch three all-new EVs by 2026 and that it expects 70 % of the automobiles it sells to be absolutely electrical by the tip of the last decade, because it transitions to solely promoting EVs after 2035.
Of the three new EVs, we all know one might be a smaller crossover that the model has already teased, which might be twinned with models from Volkswagen and Seat. This smallest electrical providing might be constructed on a simplified model of the MEB platform, called MEB Lite, and that in contrast to automobiles constructed on the usual model of the platform, those constructed on the Lite variant might be front-wheel drive of their base variations.
The second mannequin could possibly be an all-electric replacement to the current Octavia, which is able to reportedly skip the MEB platform that Skoda makes use of to underpin the Enyaq crossover (now additionally out there as the sleeker Enyaq Coupe), and it will likely be constructed on the Volkswagen group’s new bespoke EV structure known as SSP (whose title is brief for Scalable Systems Platform).
This platform is vital as a result of VW views it because the structure that may change its current ICE platforms, in addition to MEB and PPE (Premium Platform Electrical, which is used within the new Porsche Macan EV or Audi Q6 E-tron fashions), offering a single answer for a variety of auto kinds.
It’s value noting that Skoda could not have been referring to the electrical Octavia substitute essentially among the many three automobiles talked about within the press launch. Older reviews indicated that the three new EVs can be a subcompact mannequin, a compact SUV and a bigger seven-seater SUV that the corporate previewed with the Vision 7S concept (pictured within the gallery above) which revealed earlier this 12 months.
The Imaginative and prescient 7S idea additionally provides us a fairly good concept of the place Skoda’s design is headed over the following decade, because it reveals the key company identification replace that the model has in retailer. In different phrases, it previews the essential aesthetic of all fashions to be launched by the tip of the last decade and presumably past, so so far as design research go, this one is fairly vital.