As you may know already, Volkswagen unveiled the Up! minicar at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and made quite a buzz. But, what we didn’t know was that the German manufacturer was also working hard on a Skoda version of the Up!: this is the Skoda Citigo!
As its name says it, the new Skoda Citigo is company’s new city car and promises to hit the domestic market before the end of this year, while the UK and the rest of European countries will receive it by at the beginning of summer 2012.
Skoda is planning to offer the Citigo in three-door and five-door versions, which will be powered by two new, three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engines delivering 44kW/60PS and 55kW/75PS.
These engines are expected to deliver a fuel consumption of 62.8mpg and 105g CO2/km for the 60PS engine and 60.1mpg and 108g CO2/km for the 75PS unit. The designers have given the car a distinct look that defines this as a new ŠKODA. The finned grille set in a chrome-plated frame and precisely shaped headlamps give the car a typical ŠKODA look. The Citigo will measure just 3.56 metres long, 1.65 metres wide and 1.48 metres high.
With a motto like 'City Clever', it comes as no surprise that the Škoda Citigo is the best car for the urban environment. As expected from a Škoda offering, there is a large amount of space on its interior. This is an issue that many in the small vehicle segment don’t take for granted but this generous room is standard for the company.
Since the wheelbase is at 2.42 meters, it allows for the right amount of comfort, even on long trips, to its four passengers. In terms of storage space, the luggage compartment has a 251-liter volume which can be enlarged to as high as 951 liters when the seats in the rear are folded down. Škoda revealed that the introduction of the Citigo signifies their plan to enter a new segment and with it target new customers.
According to Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland, Chairman of the Board at Škoda, the demand is growing when it comes to small cars that offer low fuel consumption but it comes at a reasonable price and economical operating costs. The Citigo model is built to answer to this growing demand, he adds, and with it the company expects to join a new segment and attract new customers particularly in the European markets.
In terms of design, the new Citigo has many of the characteristic that are observed in many of Škoda's products. The new Citigo has a unique appearance and the design team made sure that with even just one look, it would be obvious that this is a Škoda.
Take the front end for instance. There is the finned grille that has been placed in a chrome-plated frame and when combined with the headlamps and its precise shape, results in that standard Škoda look. As proof, its dimensions make it truly one of the smallest for its segment. The Citigo has a length of 3.56 meters, width at 1.65 meters, and height of 1.48 meters.
Dr. Vahland continues by stating that when it comes to the company’s growth strategy, the Citigo will play a significant role as it will be one of the foundations. He described it as literally the 'Simply Clever' car as even if it is small, the interior offers an ample amount of space. The Citigo is frugal while being agile. In simple terms, Dr. Vahland relates that this model is indeed a good option as it offers a number of clever ideas and even delivers the values Škoda is known for and has placed it inside a compact package.
This fits the company’s goal perfectly, he continues. Škoda stated that the Citigo is aimed at young drivers or at young families having young children who want to purchases a second vehicle, or a third one. Best agers are targeted as well, which are customers that always take cost into consideration.
These are the same people that implement a logical approach to choosing a car but also require their cars to have design, quality, and of course, safety. The Citigo is but a combination of all of these. Subject to the demands of the market, the company will be offering a maximum of four trim options which are Easy, Active, Elegance, and Ambition.