While it may take five more years before we can fully experience autonomous driving, the technology of electric vehicles is certainly way ahead. For that same reason, Skoda gears up for the upcoming Auto Shanghai 2017 this April.
After announcing the company’s electrification project, Skoda will finally bring out the EV concept for its official premiere. As stated by its CEO, Berhard Maier, the concept will show what Skoda’s electrical mobility will invariably appear. He added that the company is thrilled to “bring something new” at the Chinese expo.
The Vision S was initially revealed by Christian Strube, Skoda’s head for research and development. Although the concept is still stationed at company’s design headquarters, Skoda is more than ready to show it off next month at the exhibit.
As to what we can always expect, the spec details surrounding the concept is a bit narrow –especially before the launch. From the speculations we’ve heard, we can say that it be using Volkswagen’s latest MEB platform. Also, Skoda’s first all-electric powertrain EV will most likely come into production by 2020 or 2021. That also means the same architectural design will underpin the company’s future electric vehicle lineups.
At the very least, Strube regarded the concept EV as “emotional” and is actually “packed with technology”. If we are to explore this further, perhaps we can expect more than just an SUV shaped vehicle at the exhibit.
In any case, it’s going to be years ahead before we can actually get ahold of the road-going pure electric Skoda EV. Skoda is also aware this may not be the first and only brand with the new MEB platform to be out on sale when that time arrives. Nevertheless, the company assures that they will be “at the forefront” as compared with other competing brands.
Before it happens though, Skoda will also release its first production-ready electrified car in 2019. Aside from Skoda, many other car manufacturers are also high in anticipation that their electric vehicles will come out in the showrooms in the same year. The Skoda Superb, which will come with a hybrid setup, will be on sale simultaneously with the Kodiaq. Like the flagship model, Skoda’s seven- seater SUV will also come with the electric motor combustion engine.
This year alone, Skoda has already introduced a wide array of products. There is Skoda’s Kodiaq in Scout and Sportline trims, the Octavia RS 245, the Rapid as well as the newly updated Citigo. And possibly, the 2nd generation Yeti will also have its premiere this 2017.