Assessing the Skoda Enyaq EV for India, confirms Zac Hollis

The VW ID.4 received the thumbs down for India last week, but the good news is that its platform mate, the Skoda Enyaq, could be India-bound. The success Skoda India enjoys with premium sedans and crossovers (CKD and CBU) and the SUV-like design & lower price of the Enyaq due to the manufacturing in the Czech Republic are among the possible reasons for its consideration.

Just days after the world premiere of the Skoda Enyaq iV in Prague, Czech Republic on 2 September, Zac Hollis, Director (Sales, Service & Marketing) of Skoda India, has gone on social media to reveal that it could arrive in India. The outspoken Brit has said in a new post on twitter.com that the company is “assessing the Enyaq for India.”

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At the world premiere of the Skoda Enyaq iV in Prague, Czech Republic this month, Skoda confirmed that the deliveries in Europe will begin in Spring 2021. In India, look forward to 2022 as the year for launch, if confirmed, with a few hundred units in the first consignment.

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’. Here are more details about the all-new Skoda electric SUV.

Skoda Enyaq iV exterior

The VW Group brand says though the Enyaq iV breaks new ground, it retains the core values of a Skoda which are ample space, emotional design and a “sustainable yet fun driving” experience.

Skoda Enyaq
The Skoda Enyaq iV is technically the world’s first MEB platform SUV. The VW ID.4 will debut as its sister model on 23 September 2020.

Skoda’s exterior design chief Karl Neuhold says sculpted lines, clear surfaces and crystalline elements that take inspiration from Bohemian crystal art are presented on the exterior. The Enyaq iV’s proportions, however, are quite different from the Kodiaq or Karoq. Due to no combustion engine, it gets a shorter front-end, and it has a more extended roofline, both of which lead to a spacious cabin. Skoda describes this as the proverbial ‘space shuttle’.

Neuhold says the front of the SUV is the main highlight with the distinctive illuminated radiator grille comprising 130 LEDs lighting up the vertical slats. Also worth noting is the company’s first double barrel headlight setup with DRLs styled like the ‘Thor’s Hammer’. The headlights are full-LED Matrix units. The rear end gets a flat tailgate and is designed more like a people-mover than a crossover. There are 9 different wheel options, including one set of 18-inch steel wheels and eight sets of 18-21 inch alloy wheels.

The overhangs and the height of the vehicle are quite different compared to ICE-powered models as electric drive components consume less space, and there is a need to place the battery on the floor of the vehicle. A Cd value of 0.27 is quite a feat for an SUV of this size. Neuhold summarizes that the Enyaq iV embodies the virtues of the Skoda brand while taking a step towards a sustainable future. He insists that the Enyaq iV is designed for families, long-distance travellers as well as customers with an active lifestyle.

Skoda Enyaq iV interior

The interior of the Skoda Enyaq iV is all about digitalisation, sustainability and, of course, as in case of every Skoda, practicality. The dashboard is sleek and its minimalist lines make the cabin seem roomier in the front. Overall, the interior space is close to that of the Skoda Kodiaq mid-size SUV.

Depending on the configuration, the Skoda Enyaq iV gets either a conventional three-spoke steering wheel or a classier two-spoke steering wheel. What’s oddly interesting here is Skoda scaling back on the Digital Cockpit’s display size, which is the opposite of what one would expect in EVs. The virtual instrument cluster of this model measures roughly half the size of other Skoda models in the market – 5.3 inches. The driver can choose from four different layouts for this display via the steering wheel.

Skoda Enyaq iV interior dashboard
The Skoda Enyaq iV is the first Skoda with a 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

While the Virtual Cockpit is smaller, the infotainment system’s display is a 13-inch free-standing touch panel. That’s the largest central display Skoda has offered on any model to the date. The most basic configuration settles for an infotainment system with a 10-inch panel and touch keys. The centre console has a bridge-like design. The Enyaq iV is the first Skoda available with a head-up display featuring augmented reality. The AR-HUD projects information onto two different areas, for details like speed, traffic signs, directions, etc.

As for the sustainability aspect, in select configurations, Skoda has used seat covers that are made of 40% wool. The remaining 60% is made of polyester from recycled PET bootles. Also available is cognac-coloured leather upholstery, and its case, the hide has been treated using olive leaf extracts instead of chemicals.

Norbert Weber, Head of Interior Design, Skoda, 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. In addition to a 585-litre boot capacity, also worth noting is the space for additional storage compartments under the centre console. There are two new storage spaces, a 6.2-litre Jumbo Box under the centre armrest and an 11.4-litre compartment under the centre console.

Skoda Enyaq iV specifications

The Skoda Enyaq iV sits on Volkswagen Group’s dedicated EV platform MEB. The new electric SUV is 4,649 mm long, 1,616 mm tall and 1,879 mm wide. It has a 2,765 mm wheelbase. Customers can choose from multiple configurations in rear- or all-wheel drive, with a range of up to 510 km in the new stringent cycle WLTP.

Skoda will sell the Enyaq iV in five powertrain variants: 50, 60, 80, 80x and RS.

Powertrain & Chassis

Aspect50 Specs60 Specs80 Specs80x SpecsRS Specs
Drivetrain LayoutRWDRWDRWDAWDAWD
MotorsOne (rear)One (rear)One (rear)Two (front & rear)Two (front & rear)
Total Power109 kW (148 PS)132 kW (180 PS)150 kW (204 PS)195 kW (265 PS)225 kW (306 PS)
Total Torque220 Nm310 Nm310 Nm425 Nm460 Nm
Battery TypeLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ion
Battery Capacity (Gross/Net)55 kWh/52 kWh62 kWh/58 kWh82 kWh/77 kWh82 kWh/77 kWh82 kWh/77 kWh
Range340 km390 km510 km460 km460 km
Top Speed160 km/h160 km/h160 km/h160 km/h180 km/h

Charging

The Skoda Enyaq iV supports 2.3 kW AC normal charging, 7.2-11 kW AC fast charging and 50-125 kW DC fast charging. However, the charging support varies as per the powertrain variant.

Charging Type50 Specs60 Specs80 Specs80x SpecsRS Specs
2.3 kW AC ChargingYesYesYesYesYes
7.2 kW AC ChargingYesYesYesYesYes
11 kW AC ChargingNoYesYesYesYes
100 kW DC ChargingYesYesYesYesYes
125 kW DC ChargingNoNoYesYesYes

As for the charging time, one can charge the biggest, 82 kWh battery pack from 5-80% SoC using a 125 kW DC fast charger in just 38 minutes. We will update this section when Skoda releases information.

Skoda Enyaq iV production

Skoda manufactures the Enyaq iV in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, the only place other than Germany in Europe for manufacturing Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform models.

Skoda Enyaq iV launch

Pre-bookings for the Skoda Enyaq iV in Europe are now open. Skoda has received over 4,500 pre-orders for the Enyaq iV in Sweden alone, and these are numbers from before the unveiling. There, customers will get to buy it in only the 60 and 80 powertrain variants initially, with prices starting at SEK 4,25,500 (incl. VAT) and SEK 5,51,100 (incl. VAT) respectively. These Skoda Enyaq iV prices convert to INR 35,73,983.15 (INR 35.74 lakh) and INR 46,28,959.14 (INR 46.29 lakh) respectively.

Will the Skoda Enyaq launch in India?

The Skoda Enyaq launch in India is currently under evaluation. Zac Hollis has confirmed that Skoda India is considering to launch the Enyaq.

Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd, confirmed that Volkswagen Group’s first electric cars for India from would be high-end imports and that the group is following a top-down strategy for EVs. The first electric cars from the Volkswagen Group for India are the Audi e-tron and the Porsche Taycan.

At a roundtable to discuss plans of the VW Group in Delhi in 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.

Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd

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. It has been 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, former CEO of 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.

Bernhard Maier, former CEO of Skoda Auto, said in New Delhi in February 2020