Skoda’s first electric SUV Enyaq to be unveiled on September 1 [Update]

The interior of the Skoda Enyaq was revealed in a sketch today, with the head of Skoda interior design Nobert Weber answering questions about the cabin. Weber says that the long-wheelbase (in comparison to the length of the vehicle) gives it “exceptional” interior space, helped by the flat floor design and the lack of a central tunnel. A 585-litre boot capacity and space for additional storage compartments under the centre console are possible due to it.

Skoda Enyaq interior sketch

The Enyaq would have other options to customize the interior through the ‘Design Selections’ program, with colour and material options that can be coordinated to resemble living environments. Some sustainable materials are used in a Skoda car for the first time such as seat covers made of 40 per cent new wool and the rest of recycled PET bottles and polyester. The leather, Skoda says, is made sustainably with extracts from olive trees.

Two of the car’s interior features discussed in the recent update are a 13-inch touchscreen system and a new head-up display that has augmented reality besides a decorative trim across the door and dashboard panels to highlight the sense of space and a “soft material” that is applied throughout the cabin to give the feeling of resting on a home sofa.

July 22, 2020 –

Skoda Enyaq teaser side

Skoda’s next step in its electromobility strategy begins on the 1st of September when the brand reveals its first born-electric car, the Skoda Enyaq iV. Based on the VW Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB), today the company announced the date of the digital reveal and offered a teaser that gives the outline of the car. The VW Group brand says though the car breaks new ground, it retains the core values of a Skoda which are ample space, emotional design and a “sustainable yet fun driving” experience. It has the same interior space as the Skoda Kodiaq but measures shorter than an Octavia.

July 15, 2020 –

Automotive photographer Guido has shared spy shots of the Skoda Enyaq from Mladá Boleslav on his Instagram.com page. The body colour is similar to Skoda’s ‘Race Blue’ option, and the prototypes still wear tricky camouflage to keep prying eyes at bay! Skoda will release the first images, the price and information on the availability of the electric car in a few weeks.

Skoda Enyaq electric SUV spotted with lower camouflage

Be sure to also catch the European media’s first driving impressions of the vehicle from the program that was organized in Ireland in February.

May 7, 2020 –

Skoda Auto has announced the specification of its first production model based on the MEB platform, the Enyaq iV and it will be available in 3 battery capacities and 5 variants.

The Skoda Enyaq iV will have a length of 4,648 mm, width of 1,877 mm, height of 1,618 mm and a wheelbase of 2,765 mm. The boot capacity is rated at 585 litres with all the seats in place. The Enyaq iV will get three battery capacities and will be available in five variants – three rear-wheel-drive variants (Enyaq iV 50, Enyaq iV 60, Enyaq iV 80) and two all-wheel-drive variants (Enyaq iV 80X and Enyaq iV vRS).

The Skoda Enyaq iV 50 gets a 55 kWh battery pack and a 109 kW electric motor that is mounted on the rear axle and offers a range of up to 340 km. The Enyaq iV 60 gets a 62 kWh battery with a 390 km range and comes with a rear-mounted 132 kW motor. The rear-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80 gets a 150 kW motor and an 82 kWh battery that offers a range of up to 500 km. The same battery is fitted on the 80X and vRS variants of the Enyaq iV, which get electric motors on either axle. While the 80X makes a maximum output of 195 kW, the vRS version makes 225 kW. Both all-wheel-drive variants return a range of up to 460 km. The Enyaq iV vRS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h.

The batteries can be charged in six to eight hours depending on their size and will support fast charging up to 125 kW, with which 80 per cent capacity can be achieved in 40 minutes. The Enyaq iV will be equipped with a 13-inch central infotainment system and a head-up display can also be opted. Skoda will begin serial production of the Enyaq iV at the end of 2020 with market launch scheduled at the beginning of 2021. Skoda will also launch a Founder’s Edition that will be limited to 1,895 units equipped with special features and a different look.

We’re hoping to hear more information on the Enyaq in the second half of the year that includes the first look and the price of the car.

Skoda Enyaq iV specification

Dimension
Length4,648 mm
Width1,877 mm
Height1,618 mm
Wheelbase2,765 mm
Boot Space585 litres
VariantBatteryDriveMax PowerRange
Enyaq iV 5055 kWhRWD109 kW (146.1 hp)340 km
Enyaq iV 6062 kWhRWD132 kW (177 hp)390 km
Enyaq iV 8082 kWhRWD150 kW (201.1 hp)500 km
Enyaq iV 80X82 kWhAWD195 kW (261.4 hp)460 km
Enyaq iV vRS82 kWhAWD225 kW (301.7 hp)460 km

April 23, 2020 –

Autobild has carried a rendering of the Skoda Enyaq on the cover of the latest issue, previewing the exterior design of Skoda’s first ‘specialized’ pure-electric car. It is reported that the Enyaq would be similar to the VW ID.4 in the aspects of design and technical specification, and a four-wheel-drive variant is looking more certain today.

April 9, 2020 –

In February, Skoda Auto announced that it had named its first electric SUV as the Skoda Enyaq, derived from the Inuit people living of northern Canada and Greenland, much like its other SUV models like Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq that end with a ‘q.’ The Enyaq will be the first series-production vehicle from Skoda to be based on Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) and cleverly disguised test mules confirm a tall wagon-like design and resemblances to the upcoming VW ID.4.

Skoda Enyaq name

With the COVID-19 leading to prolonged factory shut-downs and threatening to leave behind a global economic recession, almost every car company is reassessing timelines for the introduction of new products and entry into new markets.

Skoda Auto however is not rethinking its EV strategy. Bernard Maier, CEO of Skoda Auto, has confirmed that the VW group brand will stick to the original plan – “By the end of this year, we will have introduced the Enyaq iV, our first all-electric car, which was designed as such from the outset,” he said.

The Enyaq is Skoda’s second fully electric model after the Citigo iV. The starting letter ‘E’ signifies electro-mobility while the last letter ‘Q’ links to the virtues of an SUV. Skoda has stated that the Enyaq name has been derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’.

Skoda Enyaq – What we know so far

When the wraps come off, two things are for sure – it will not look like a ICE Skoda vehicle but would be instantly recognizable as a Skoda, and the full extent of the sloping roofline of the Vision iV would not be reflected on the production model.

Skoda is planning to launch more than 10 electric models globally under the iV sub-brand and is expecting that 25 per cent sales would come from its all-electric and plug-in hybrid models by 2025. The company will also have invested two billion euros in the development of electric models, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions by 2021.

Skoda Enyaq for India? – Not yet!

Unfortunately, Skoda won’t be driving the Enyaq into India, in 2020 at least. The model is not on the business plan Skoda has drafted for India, according to Mr Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, who confirmed that the first electric cars would be high-end imports from the VW Group and that the group is following a top-down strategy for EVs.

At a roundtable to discuss plans of the VW Group in Delhi in early February, Boparai said:

We (VW Group) will start with imports, the high-end products will test how the market is developing. Currently the incentives are available for taxi operators and that’s not the segment where the products we have will fit. The government policies (if they) start supporting private buyers, then obviously the equation changes, and that is case everywhere – wherever electrics are selling, it is with support from the government. From our group stable, we will have a launch this year.

The group companies have independently confirmed to EVW the launch of the Porsche Taycan electric sports car and Audi e-tron electric SUV in India this year, while the production version of the Volkswagen I.D Crozz (VW ID.4) is expected in 2021. More recently it was reported that Skoda could launch either an electric or a hybrid vehicle in the India 3.0 project.

Speaking to ElectricVehicleWeb at that media roundtable, Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto, said: 

Electrification plays a major role of course. We want to electrify our entire line-up step by step but, to be honest, it will take some time and will not happen overnight. We say that we want to be CO2 neutral by the year 2050 and that’s a long way to go. On the other hand, it’s quite in front of us. We started the electrification offensive last year when we came up with Superb plug-in hybrid and we called it the Superb iV. iV is not only the description for an electric driven vehicle or an electrified vehicle but is also the description of our entire ecosystem we are building around our cars.

With a single sign-in, once you are in the world of Skoda, you can do everything that you want to do related to your individual mobility needs. We started with the first completely electric driven vehicle with the Citigo-e iV last year. Both models (Superb iV and Citigo-e iV) are now on the market and I can tell you the demand for both the cars are far higher than our supply can offer. This is now being supported in the first half of this year by the Octavia plug-in hybrid, which will hit the market in due time.

Our first purpose-built electric vehicle, based on the MEB platform will also come to the market and the first cars will hit the market by the end of this year (referring to the Skoda Enyaq).

I have mentioned already that we are in the midst of the biggest product campaign the company has ever seen in its 125-year old history. That means we are bringing in more than 13 new models between 2019 and 2022, and 10 models out of them are partially or fully electrified. This I would call it Phase 1, then afterwards, there will come a Phase 2, where we are even more investing in the electrification of our model line-up.

It is clear that we have to fulfil the targets set by the authorities around the world. Europe probably has the most decisive ones and if our products will enter the market as we have planned so far, we should be able to hit this threshold quite sharply this year. From next year to 2025, I think with that model line-up we have decided and already released, we will be compliant.

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