Skoda has announced the development of a small electric car, set to be priced at around 25,000 euros, expected to be available by 2025. This electric vehicle, which is the sister model to the VW ID.2, will feature crossover proportions and provide more interior space. It is also planned to be manufactured in Spain. As a result, there is speculation about whether this small electric car will eventually replace the Skoda Fabia or the Kamiq.
The Volkswagen Group has made significant investments in the Seat plant in Martorell, Spain, where the production of small models based on the Modular Electrification Kit (MEB) is planned. These models will be the most affordable electric cars within the group and will have front-wheel drive. Skoda has already showcased a life-size sculpture of its upcoming entry-level electric model, tentatively named “Small.” Starting in 2025, Skoda aims to make e-mobility accessible with a starting price of around 25,000 euros.
The dimensions of the “Small” electric car are specified as 4.19 meters in length, positioning it between the compact Fabia and the SUV Kamiq in terms of size. However, the “Small” will have clear crossover characteristics, suggesting a more spacious and imposing appearance compared to the Fabia and VW ID.2. The luggage compartment volume is expected to be similar to that of the Skoda Scala, offering 460 to 1,400 liters of storage space.
Skoda has embraced the SUV and crossover design approach for its electric vehicle lineup, which it plans to introduce by 2026. Five out of six showcased electric vehicle studies follow this format, including the revised Enyaq family, the successor to the Karoq, and a large seven-seater electric SUV. The electric successor to the Octavia, however, will retain the traditional station wagon design.
Regarding the technical aspects, the Volkswagen Group initially faced challenges in developing an affordable electric car within the ID. family, based on the Modular Electric Construction Kit (MEB). As a result, the small car concept was not initially prioritized in order to maintain cost efficiency.
Subsequently, the MEB design, originally featuring a rear engine and drive, underwent significant modifications. The revised MEB Small now incorporates front-wheel drive, eliminating the need for lines running from the front cooler to the motor and power electronics at the rear. The McPherson front axle and torsion beam rear axle, commonly used in the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia, have been adopted for the MEB Small.
Skoda aims to bring affordable electric vehicles to urban areas, where pollution levels are typically high, by offering small-sized electric cars. The Volkswagen Group initially considered two variants: a traditional small car similar to the Polo and a compact crossover resembling the T-Cross. The ID. Life concept car provides a glimpse into the latter design.
If launched in 2025, alongside the introduction of Euro 7 emission standards, this electric vehicle could cater to not only SUV enthusiasts but also those interested in the Polo, who may not find an affordable offering from VW. Additionally, Skoda is launching its own electric counterpart to the Kamiq.
As Skoda transitions to the electric age, the brand will introduce a new design language called “Modern Solid.” The familiar Skoda logo found on the front of current models will be replaced, and the new logo will be featured on the small electric car as well.
Skoda’s upcoming electric models, including the “Small” and other showcased electric studies, will have a redesigned front without a traditional radiator grille. According to the designers, the shapes of the vehicles will reflect Skoda’s core values of robustness, functionality, and authenticity. The Skoda Vision 7S, a study model, represents the first application of the “Modern Solid Design” language.
Affordability is a crucial factor in the adoption of electric vehicles. Initially, the Volkswagen Group had reservations about the cost-effectiveness of affordable electric cars, particularly within the small car segment priced under 20,000 euros.
However, conditions have improved, with battery prices decreasing in recent years while combustion engines are expected to become more expensive. Volkswagen estimates that complying with the new Euro 7 emissions standard could increase the cost of new cars by up to 3,500 euros each.
If, by 2025, the use of lithium iron phosphate cells enables the production of a 4-meter class electric car priced between 20,000 and 25,000 euros, and government incentives for electric vehicles persist, the entry into e-mobility could be even more appealing to customers, potentially reducing the price difference to around 11,000 euros. Models like the E-Up or Skoda Citigo iV, which have already sold out, serve as examples of such offers that are still considered desirable by potential customers.
Volkswagen has held shares in Skoda since 1991, eventually acquiring full ownership in May 2000. Skoda has achieved remarkable success with the support of Volkswagen’s technology. By utilizing platforms from the Volkswagen Group, Skoda has been able to offer more spacious models compared to their counterparts, providing customers with better value for their money. For instance, the Skoda Octavia has consistently been larger than the Golf.
The smaller A0 platform from the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) is used for both the Fabia, which is only slightly longer than the Polo and the significantly longer Scala, surpassing the Golf in length and wheelbase. This approach enables Skoda to offer more spacious cars at a lower cost, thanks to the utilization of more affordable technology.
In summary, Skoda is staying true to its brand identity while transitioning to electric vehicles by utilizing the modular system of the Volkswagen Group. Their models maintain a slightly larger and more spacious design compared to their platform donors. Furthermore, the brand’s focus on SUVs is evident in its electric vehicle lineup, including the “Small” electric car, which embraces a crossover appearance. Over time, it is possible that the Fabia and Kamiq models could be replaced by the small electric car.