Skoda EV: First prototype spied

It may be wearing VW Tiguan clothing, but this vehicle is believed to be an early mule for the production version of Skoda's Vision iV concept.
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A development prototype believed to be the production version of Skoda's first electric vehicle has been spied at the Nurburgring this week, ahead of a likely debut later next year.

"But, wait. It's a Volkswagen Tiguan!" However, this particular Tiguan has been stretched slightly and is wearing stickers that indicate it's running an electric powertrain – we already know Volkswagen is only doing standalone 'ID.' electric vehicles from now on, so this isn't previewing an electric Tiguan.

It's also wearing body-coloured front and rear bumpers, along with a set of 'Crater' alloys borrowed from the Skoda Karoq.

Photographers say this is a very early test mule for Skoda's upcoming twin-under-the-skin to the Volkswagen ID.4 crossover, which will end up looking something along the lines of this year's Vision iV crossover coupe concept.

The Skoda EV will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's MEB architecture specialised for electric vehicles, and given its close ties with the ID.4, it should offer up to 225kW from its electric drivetrain and up to 500 kilometres of range depending on battery specification.

Going by the smaller Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback, it's likely the new Volkswagen and Skoda electric models will offer a range of outputs and battery sizes for different budgets.

It's believed Skoda's new EV will make its production debut sometime next year, potentially as early as the Geneva motor show in March, before going on sale in Europe during the second half of 2020.

Rumours suggest the production model may be a little more SUV-like than the coupe-styled Vision iV to afford more room for passengers and luggage, though nothing is official at this stage.

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