Skoda: an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda an electric compact and entry-level variants to come

Skoda boss Thomas Schäfer has revealed some details about the Czech brand’s future developments: entry-level variants as well as an electric compact are coming.

In an interview with the German magazine Automobilwoche, the new CEO of Skoda , Thomas Schäfer, announced the brand’s desire to develop in emerging countries. He also gave some details on future models to come.

Skoda: a future electric Octavia on the program

As Mladá Boleslav’s firm launches its new Kushaq SUV in India, and is already present in no less than 100 countries, Schäfer clarified that other markets present interesting opportunities for Skoda, such as North Africa. for example, where the supply of electrified models is still to be developed.

The new Skoda boss has also indicated that electric models should represent 60% of its sales by 2030. To do this, new zero-emission Skoda will soon emerge , with at least one model located under the Enyaq iV SUV , as well as a new electric compact the size of the Octavia .

New entry-level models at increasingly attractive prices

The Czech manufacturer is also eyeing the success of Korean and French brands in Europe: to compete with them, Thomas Schäfer is considering the creation of entry-level versions of the brand’s models, at an even more attractive price. Skoda is in fact the brand of the Volkswagen group most able to occupy this segment, still underexploited by the German company.

 

Renault 5 electric: a price around 20,000 €?

Renault 5 electric a price around 20,000 €

Renault will revive its legendary R5 in the guise of a 100% electric model. Expected in the coming years, this vehicle should be invoiced around 20,000 €.

It was the surprise of Renaulution , the new strategic plan that Renault presented on January 14. She will be the star of the diamond range in the coming years. “She” is obviously the future 100% electric R5 .

Modern interpretation of the legendary R5 which was launched in 1972 and sold more than 5.5 million copies until 1984, the car, which was unveiled as a prototype , has already won over the public thanks to to its neo-retro look , largely inspired by the original R5 (compact and compact look, vertical rear lights, sloping tailgate, wide hips …), and its zero-emission engine .

But for the time being Renault has not yet released any information concerning the technical sheet of the machine. We therefore do not know its power (110 or 135 hp like the Zoe?), Not its performance and even less its range (up to 500 km?).

Cheaper than the Zoe

Obviously, at this point, its price is also a mystery. However Lucas de Meo , the Managing Director of the Renault group, has already announced that in terms of price this R5 ” will be below the Zoe “.

The latter starting today at € 32,500 (R110 Life), excluding bonuses, we can therefore hope to see the R5 attack under € 30,000. At the entry level, it would thus be around € 20,000, once the ecological bonus has been deducted.

Announced replacement of the Zoe

“The Zoe will still be marketed for three or four years until the R5 arrives. The latter will have to play the role that the Zoe currently plays ,” said Luca de Meo.

For the marketing of the series electric R5, which will be manufactured in France at the Renault plant in Douai in the North (59). see you by 2025 …

 

Volkswagen Golf R (2021): a 333 hp version in preparation?

Volkswagen Golf R (2021) a 333 hp version in preparation

Volkswagen is rumored to be preparing a more powerful variant of the Golf R, with a 2.0 TSI pumped up to 333 horsepower, compared to 320 today.

The most powerful version of the popular compact, the Volkswagen Golf R boasts 320 horsepower from its 2.0-liter TSI engine. A block that allows it to go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.7 seconds and reach the maximum speed of 270 km / h (with the R Performance pack). But that’s apparently not enough for the Wolfsburg brand.

Volkswagen Golf R (2021): leak announces 333 horsepower version

Indeed, on a video published by the youtuber Volkswizard, a document displays the engines of the Golf R: we see the 221 kW version (300 hp, DNFC) and the 235 kW (320 hp, DNFG), but a last line reveals a version of 245 kW, or 333 horsepower , whose code name is “DNFF”. A symbolic increase in power, since the maximum torque of 420 Nm would be identical to the current version.

Volkswagen has yet to officially announce a release date for this future and overpowered Golf R, but it should be unveiled later this year.

This new version would complete the Golf range, made up of the GTD (200 hp), GTI (245 hp), GTE (245 hp) and R (320 hp). The latter is now displayed at a price starting from € 50,260 , it is a safe bet that a new more powerful version will further increase the prices of the German compact to new heights.