Skoda Auto has 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).
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 is planning to launch more than 10 electric models globally under the Skoda 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.
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 last week, 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.
Meanwhile, Skoda unveiled the Vision IN compact SUV concept at the Auto Expo 2020. The Vision IN is built on the localised version of the group’s MQB platform, named MQB-A0-IN. The Vision IN measures 4,256 mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,671 mm. Upon launch next year, it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.