SKODA have entered a new chapter in their 124 year history by introducing the iV sub brand…
The iV sub brand is a collection of the new and upcoming electric vehicles from SKODA as well as the development of new mobility solutions. The i symbolises several characteristics of the brand:
whereas the V in SKODA iV stands for vehicle.
SKODA Auto will be spending over two billion euros over the next five years to develop the products in the iV brand; the company’s largest investment programme to date! By 2022, SKODA will have introduced more than ten electric cars, which will establish the iV family brand! As part of a double world premiere, SKODA presented two new electric vehicles in Bratislava in May 2019, let’s take a look at them…
The SKODA CITIGOe iV will be the first fully electric vehicle in SKODA’s 124 year history offering up to 164 mile range in the WLTP cycle, making it perfectly equipped for city driving! The battery can be recharged to 80% in just one hour using a CCS (Combined Charing System) charging cable.
The zero emission CITIGOe iV may look small on the outside but is in fact very spacious inside for four passengers. The boot capacity offers 250 litres, but fold the rear seats down and this increases to 923 litres.
There will be two trim levels available, the Ambition and Style trims. Standard equipment includes Swing II radio, Move&Fun smartphone docking station, electric front windows, Lane Assist and Climatronic. The Style trim also includes electric and heated wing mirrors, ambient lighting on the dashboard as well as a leather detailing package which includes a leather steering wheel, handbrake and gearstick. There is also an option to add a Comfort package and Winter package (Style trim only).
The SKODA CITIGOe iV production is due to begin this Autumn and will be available for sale in the UK early 2020. Although prices have not been confirmed, SKODA have hinted that the CITIGOe iV will go on sale for under €20,000 in Europe.
The SKODA SUPERB iV is the first production model by SKODA to be fitted with plug-in hybrid drive. It will offer up to a 34 mile electric range in the WLTP cycle and combined with the petrol engine can offer in total up to a 528 mile range! You can select whether you want to drive in E-Mode (100% electric) or HYBRID mode (use of both petrol engine and the electric motor).
Standard equipment on the new SUPERB iV includes Amundsen Navigation System, SmartLink technology (Android Auto and MirrorLink™ – this function is wireless for Apple CarPlay) and 360 degree panoramic view of the vehicle on the central display. The boot capacity will offer up to 485 litres (hatchback) and 510 litres (estate).
The SKODA SUPERB iV is set to start production Autumn of this year with the market launch beginning early 2020. Pricing for the SUPERB iV is still yet to be announced by SKODA.