Skoda will unveil first MEB SUV before VW

Skoda will unveil first MEB SUV before VW

August 19, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Earlier this month, Skoda released blueprints for the Enyaq, which show a shorter front end and a longer roofline compared to Skoda’s current SUVs.

Skoda will be the first Volkswagen Group brand to introduce a battery-powered SUV based on the Modular Electronic Drive Platform (MEB). The new Enyaq will debut next month in Prague, three weeks before the presentation of the VW ID4 SUV.

Skoda will begin production of the SUV at its plant in Mlada Bolesav, Czech Republic, later this year, ahead of its market launch in early 2021. ID4 production will also begin this year at VW’s Zwickau plant in Germany.

This move is unusual because the VW Group usually prioritizes its main brand when presenting vehicles with a common base. Skoda’s success in record sales and profitability has led to friction with VW brand executives in recent years.

According to German media reports, VW union leader Bernd Osterloh, who sits on the group’s supervisory board, has in the past demanded that Skoda not get the latest technology from VW.

VW brand insiders downplayed the importance of Skoda being the first to introduce an SUV based on the MEB.

“We are close to each other in terms of timing,” sources at VW Automobilwoche said.

The first MEB model unveiled by the group is the VW ID3 compact hatchback, which the automaker unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The ID3 is slated to hit European dealers next month.