Electric Skoda Citigoᵉ iV revealed

New, all-electric Skoda Citigoᵉ iV announced, with production set to begin later in 2019

The new Skoda Citigoᵉ iV electric city car has been revealed. Production of the company’s first-ever electric car will begin in the second half of 2019, although first delivery dates and prices have yet to be confirmed.

However, company bosses have said that the Citigoᵉ iV will go on sale for less than €20,000 in Europe, indicating a UK price of around £18,000. With the Government's £3,500 plug-in car grant, UK buyers should pay in the region of £14,500.

The Citigoᵉ iV will feature a 36.8kWh battery and return 165 miles of range; some way short of the 186-mile target bosses had been aiming for.

An electric motor produces 82bhp, resulting in a leisurely 0-62mph figure of 12.5 seconds and a top speed of 81mph.

Skoda says a 0-80% top-up is possible in an hour via a 40kW DC charger, while a 7.2kW home wallbox will hit the same level of charge in a little over four hours.

Meanwhile, a domestic three-pin plug will have the Citigoᵉ iV charged fully in 12 hours 37 minutes.

Subtle exterior changes help the Citigoᵉ iV stand out from petrol-powered versions of the car: the grille shares the colour of the bodywork, while the bumper beneath it has been redesigned. The charging port is located at the back of the car, above the right rear wheelarch.

The Skoda Citigoᵉ iV will be sold in two trims: entry-level Ambition and top-spec Style. LED daytime running lights, a lane-keeping assistance system, climate control and a 'Move&Fun' smartphone dock – allowing mobiles to be used as sat navs and media players – are standard features.

Drivers car also operate the climate control and battery charging functionality remotely using a smartphone app.

Meanwhile, Ambition cars receive 14-inch steel wheels and the option of upgrading to 16-inch alloy wheels; the latter are standard in Style spec.

Customers will get four standard colours to choose from – Candy White, Tornado Red, Sunflower Yellow and Kiwi Green – with addition metallic finishes optional.

At 3,957mm long and 1,645mm wide, the Skoda Citigoᵉ iV harbours 250 litres of boot space. This rises to 923 litres with the seats folded down.

The Skoda Citigoᵉ iV is closely related to the Volkswagen e-up!; a facelifted version of the latter is set to appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, boasting similar specs and performance figures.