VW GROUP are set introduce a generation of electrified hot hatches, new reports suggest.
According to Autocar, the German giant view hybrid performance hatches as a big step towards full electrification of its range.
It’s hoping to win over unconvinced enthusiasts by highlighting the benefits of hybrid technology when used in a sporting package.
A source of Autocar said: “We are not just flicking a switch and expecting people to move to fully electric cars – it is a process that will take decades, and we must help take people through the transition step by step by showing what the possibilities are.”
It’s expected existing nameplates will be used rather than following the trend of creating electric sub-brands, meaning electrified Skoda vRS and Cupra models — who are being separated from Seat next year.
The turn to electrified hatches is expected to begin at the turn of the next decade with Skoda’s next Fabia vRS.
Speaking to Autocar, Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier admitted the vRS in its current, pure petrol form would not be sustainable: “The Fabia vRS was a lot of fun and I would love to be able to offer such a car today, but it is not going to be manageable for the next two to three years.”
“For the next generation of Fabia, there could be an alternative – we could look at the opportunities a bit differently.”
There has been no word on plans for the main Volkswagen brand — but with the GTE line already existing, it would seem unlikely a GTI-badged model would become hybrid any time soon.