During the reveal of the Skoda Vision 7S Concept, the Czech automaker presented its new brand identity and announced an array of forthcoming model launches. Those include a trio of EVs set to be unveiled by 2026, alongside two new generation ICE-powered models and at least one facelifted model by 2024.
Starting with the fully electric models, Skoda officially confirmed a new MEB-based family-friendly seven-seater SUV, previewed by the Vision 7S. The production model is expected to mirror the specifications of the concept, offering a 370-mile (600 km) range from the 89 kWh battery. It will also look very similar to the Vision 7S which introduced Skoda’s new design language that will gradually expand in the entire future range.
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The large SUV will be followed by a Karoq-sized compact SUV and a Fabia-sized small hatchback that will also sit on different versions of the MEB architecture. Skoda was coy on details about the compact SUV but they were more open about the supermini. Klaus Zellmer, Skoda CEO, told Autocar that the new entry-level EV will succeed the Fabia and retain a similar price positioning. Zellmer added that the biggest challenge is the cost of batteries, which is why we need to stay “a little patient”. According to earlier reports, the electric supermini is expected in 2025, alongside sibling models from VW and Cupra.
As reported by Automotive News Europe, Skoda will invest a further $5.6 billion in accelerating its transition to electric mobility, plus $700 million for digitalization in the next five years. The automaker hopes that EVs will account for more than 70 percent of its total sales in Europe by 2030. In order to achieve that, the Enyaq iV, the Enyaq iV Coupe, and the trio of confirmed MEB-based models will be joined by more EVs in the future, possibly based on VW Group’s new Scalable Systems Platform (SSP).
New Generations And Facelifts For The ICE-Powered Range
On the ICE-powered front, Skoda said it will unveil new generations of the Superb and the Kodiaq in the second half of 2023. We have already spied the Skoda Superb in both wagon and sedan bodystyles. The flagship will be based on an upgraded version of the MQB platform, shared with the next-gen VW Passat. Unfortunately, we don’t have information on the next-gen Skoda Kodiaq, but we suspect it will also use an upgraded version of the current model’s underpinnings, with an increased focus on electrification.
The automaker also announced a facelifted Skoda Octavia for 2024. The popular model will most likely get mild visual and technological upgrades, in order to stay fresh in the compact segment. Skoda didn’t openly discuss other launches, but thanks to our spy photographers we know that the Scala hatchback and the Kamiq SUV siblings are also getting mid-lifecycle updates, most likely earlier than the aforementioned Octavia. The facelifted models will feature a cleaner design on the front and rear bumpers, alongside revised grilles and simpler LED graphics.