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Skoda to unveil Electric Car Concept at the Shanghai Show

Skoda to unveil Electric Car Concept at the Shanghai Show
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 10 March 2017, 16:45 PM

As global automakers progress towards electric car technology, Skoda has also announced its plans to unveil its first all-electric concept vehicle at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show which will be held in April. The Czech automaker will be introducing the Superb plug-in hybrid for the international market in 2019, and it is only after this that Skoda will introduce its all-electric model in production form. The new all-electric model might go on sale in 2020 or 2021.  

Speaking about the all-electric concept vehicle, Skoda’s Research and Development Chief, Christian Strube stated that the vehicle is currently in the design studio and is expected to be ready for Shanghai in April. The vehicle is expected to get all modern technology equipment and will have an emotional connection. Adding further Strube said, “We won't be the first brand in the group to have an MEB car on sale, but we will be fast followers, and at the forefront when compared to our competition.”

The Volkswagen group’s strengthened and accelerated its plans for bringing in an electric car plan after the brand faced lot of criticism over the dieselgate scandal. Last year, the automaker unveiled the ID concept and targets to sell one million electric cars by 2020. Technological specification for the vehicle is not available for now and more information may be forthcoming in the recent future.

Sometime around the festive season this year, Skoda will be launching the much awaited Kodiaq SUV. Under the hood, the Kodiaq might get a 1.4-litre petrol engine, while the diesel might get a 1.6-litre engine. Both the engines might come mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It is also believed that the SUV will be offered in front wheel and all-wheel drive options. As for Volkswagen, the automaker plans on launching the Tiguan in May followed by the Passat.

 

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