13.2.2019Manufacturers line up to electrify Geneva
Electric cars look set to take centre stage at the Geneva Motor Show, as manufacturers including Audi, Skoda, Citroen, and Honda have all confirmed a plug-in presence at the famous event next month.
Audi has revealed that the Q4 e-tron will be unveiled at Geneva, with a production version of the pure-electric model due for production in late 2020/early 2021.
Coming under the e-tron badge, the concept will join the likes of the recently launched SUV and at least one GT model in the German manufacturer's electric sub-brand.
The Skoda Vision iV concept is a study based on the VW Group's Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), with the platform already confirmed as the underpinnings for much of the ID. all-electric range.
The four-door crossover coupe takes Skoda's current design language a step further forward, and is an early indication as to the Czech manufacturer's electric car commitment. This involves ten electric models due by the end of 2022, and two billion euros invested in 'alternative propulsion and new mobility services'.
The Vision iV is set to 'mark Skoda's entry into the era of electromobility' as a Superb PHEV and pure-electric Citigo are both due this year; a pure-electric Skoda based on MEB architecture is due in 2020.
Honda has started previewing what looks set to be its most important car for years. A prototype compact electric vehicle - which takes inspiration from the superb Urban EV Concept - will be revealed at Geneva, and an interior shot already shows commitment to one of the core elements of the previous concept's design - its dashboard.
Set to feature a full-width digital dashboard, the EV will showcase Honda's developments in user interface and minimalist interior design - plus further hints as to the prototype's styling.
Citroen has teased an electric city car concept ahead of Geneva that represents the French firm's vision for urban mobility. In its centenary year, Citroen fans have plenty to get excited about, with a key model expected, inspired by the legendary 2CV.