The electric “Octavia” for its part could be derived from the ID.5, a sedan equivalent to the Passat whose launch is scheduled for 2022. The use of the MEB modular platform would also allow the Czechs to kill two birds with one stone, as the model would offer the exterior size of an Octavia with the interior space of a Superb.
According to Schäfer, for the next two years, Skoda will focus on these two models as demand for electric vehicles increases. Despite everything, the executive has confirmed that not all the firm’s thermal vehicles will have an electric equivalent, as it would be too large an investment and would mean doubling the range.
“We are not going to duplicate our offer. With the Enyaq and its derivative, the electric side is fine for now, but we need something smaller, and we need a saloon, maybe an Octavia of the future. For our brand, these are the most important vehicles that we will see in this decade,” Schäfer told the British media Autocar.
Although less of a priority, the manager has also confirmed the launch of a compact hatchback (segment C) derived from the Volkswagen ID.3, which would occupy the Scala’s place within the offer of the Czech manufacturer. Probably in the middle of the decade. Therefore, it may arrive at the same time as the restyling of the Volkswagen ID.3 itself.
“We still believe that Enyaq has great potential to meet a wide variety of demand […]. Enyaq will be our hero for the next one or two years, and we will release a derivative at the end of next year.” Finally, Schäfer wanted to clarify that the Volkswagen Group’s rumors wanted to turn Skoda into a low-cost brand to avoid overlaps with SEAT and Volkswagen are not true.