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Skoda will be the first Volkswagen Group brand to unveil a battery-powered SUV based on the automaker’s modular e-drive (MEB) platform when it unveils its Enyaq model next month.

Skoda will premiere the Enyaq on Sept. 1 in Prague, three weeks ahead of the presentation of VW’s ID4 SUV.

Skoda will start production of the SUV at its plant in Mlada Bolesav, Czech Republic, later this year, ahead of a market launch at the beginning of 2021. Production of the ID4 will also begin this year at VW’s Zwickau plant in Germany.

The move is unusual because VW Group normally gives precedence to its core brand for the unveiling of vehicles with shared underpinnings.

In recent years the success of Skoda in posting record sales and profitability has lead to tensions with VW brand executives. VW’s labor leader, Bernd Osterloh, who sits on the group’s supervisory board, has demanded in the past that Skoda should not get the latest technology from VW, according to German media reports.

VW brand insiders played down the significance of Skoda being first to debut a MEB-based SUV.

“We are not far apart in terms of timing,” VW sources told Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe.

The first MEB model to be unveiled by the group was the VW ID3 compact hatchback, which the automaker presented at the Frankfurt auto show in 2019. The ID3 is scheduled to reach European dealers next month.