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.
The company’s sixth production model is a four-seater that will be available in three-door and five-door versions, and is essentially the Skoda version of the Volkswagen Up! It’s pretty much a dead ringer for its Veedub cousin in terms of numbers – the Citigo measures in at 3.56 metres long, 1.65 metres wide and 1.48 metres high, and will wear the same 1.0 litre three-cylinder MPI mill, offered in two output versions, 60 PS and 75 PS, both mated to a five-speed manual transmission.
Performance figures for the 929 kg vehicle are a 159 kph top speed and a 13.9 seconds 0-100 kph time for the 60 PS variant and a 170 kph top speed and 0-100 kph time of 12.7 seconds for the 75 PS version. Both models wear 14-inch wheels wrapped with 165/70 profile rubbers.
Despite its small size, the company says the car offers ample interior space – to wit, a long-ish 2.42 metre wheelbase offers enough comfort for four even on long trips, and there’s a 251 litre boot that can be extended to 951 litres with the rear seats folded down. In the three-door version, an ‘Easy Entry’ system allows easy access to the rear seats; the front passenger’s seat can be folded forward to ensure easy ingress to the rear.
Elsewhere, this one has front headrests integrated into the seats, as well as a number of other smart solutions; the interior design includes numerous storage compartments, cup holders and multimedia systems, as well as storage pockets on the sides of the front seats. In addition, a special bag hook integrated in to the glovebox handle, and a photograph holder on the central console, are two of the more novel interior elements.
Like in the VW Up!, the Citigo will also feature a portable navigation system that’s fitted to the dashboard and easily removable to be used on the go. The system is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen that provides not just navigation, but also hands-free calling with built-in Bluetooth and onboard infotainment.
Safety systems include a Head-Thorax side airbag to protect the heads of both the driver and the front seat passenger, which debuts on a Skoda. There’s also ‘City Safe Drive’, a new brake assistance system based on a laser sensor that is activated automatically at speeds below 30 km/h when there is danger of a collision.