Skoda Citigo – first details and pictures image

After VW unveiled Up! At Frankfurt two weeks ago, Skoda has announced details of its Citigo city car, which will make its debut in its home market, the Czech Republic, late this year before entering the rest of Europe from next summer.

It will be the first model in an aggressive product rollout that will result in a new car launched every six months.

Called the CitiGo, it is Skoda’s version of the brilliant new VW up!, and gets the same all-new front-wheel-drive platform, which offers lots of space for four occupants. It’s also very efficient, thanks to a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine.

It is 3560mm long, 1650mm wide and 1480mm high, although Skoda claims a 2420mm wheelbase offers enough interior space for four passengers on long trips. The boot volume is a sizeable 251 litres, which can be extended to 951 litres by folding down the rear seats.

Three door versions get an ‘Easy Entry’ system to allow easy access to the rear seats. The front passenger’s seat can be moved and folded forward to ensure easy access to the rear seats.

There are no photos of the interior yet, but we suspect that there won’t any be significant / noteworthy styling changes over the VW Up!

A manual gearbox will be the only transmission available initially, but a five-speed auto will come on stream soon after.

Being a Skoda, the Citigo will go on sale in its home market of the Czech Republic this fall, with the rest of Europe getting the car next summer.