Skoda Elroq to be new compact electric SUV?

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At the Skoda Vision 7S concept world premiere on April 30, 2022, Klaus Zellmer, the new CEO of Skoda, announced that the company’s future EV launches by 2026 will include a compact SUV.

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We are significantly accelerating our product offensive by launching three additional e-models already by 2026 – a small battery electric vehicle, a compact SUV, and a seven-seater.
Klaus Zellmer, CEO, Skoda (Skoda Vision 7S concept world premiere on April 30, 2022)

Skoda chief designer Oliver Stefani has revealed in an internal interview (via Skoda) that the SUV smaller than the Enyaq iV will arrive in 2024 and that it will be the first production model to incorporate the brand’s new design language that debuted on the Vision 7S. Asked whether Skoda plans to use the new design language on the next generation of its ICE models as well, he said:
For now, it will be used solely on electric cars, the first one – an SUV smaller than ENYAQ iV – will come in 2024.
Oliver Stefani, chief designer, Skoda (Skoda interview on September 1, 2022)

Our images preview what the tiny electrified Skoda crossover could look like. The new car will likely get the Czech brand’s new ‘Tech Deck’ grille design, which debuted on the Vision 7S concept car. This is a modern interpretation of Skoda’s long-used hexagonal grille and will house several of the car’s safety and driver assistance technologies.

Previously, former Skoda CEO Thomas Schäfer confirmed at the Skoda Annual Press Conference 2021 in March 2021 that the next new Skoda electric car (excluding derivatives) would be a model smaller than the Enyaq iV. Schäfer is now the CEO of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, a Volkswagen Group BoM member, and the Head of the Brand Group Volume at Volkswagen Group.

An Autocar report from June 2021 said that the next Skoda electric car to launch after the Enyaq Coupe iV would have dimensions similar to the VW ID.3. Also based on the MEB platform, this model may differ with a completely different top hat, one with a crossover-like look, as per the report.

The new car will sit on the MEB Entry platform, which is also set to underpin an upcoming Fabia-sized electric hatchback. This model will be even smaller and cheaper, however, and will instead be aimed at stealing sales away from the electric Dacia Spring, which is suspected to be coming to the UK in the near future.

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