The Skoda Enyaq iV, the brand’s first dedicated electric model built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, ahead of its unveiling on September 1.
They are only design sketches for now, but it does give a fair idea about what the production model will look like.
The Czech brand’s exterior design boss, Karl Neuhold, claims the Enyaq iV features proportions that “differ from those of our previous SUV models,” and that the car’s shorter front end and longer roofline “creates a very dynamic look and transforms it into a proverbial space shuttle”.
Neuhold claims the MEB platform and the lack of a combustion engine allows for short front and rear overhangs. The body is “more elongated and extremely aerodynamic”, with a drag coefficient of just 0.27.
The new SUV, which uses the same underpinnings as the new Volkswagen ID 3 hatchback, is said to have an interior that “reflects modern living environments”. Skoda claims its designers have exploited the MEB platform’s lack of transmission tunnel and long wheelbase to create a cabin that’s “visually even airier and to create a feeling of even more space”.
New features making their debut on the Enyaq – and which can be expected to appear on future Skoda EVs – include a storage cubby underneath the centre console and a multi-level dashboard. Skoda has also revealed that the SUV will have 585 litres of boot space, a 13.0-inch central touchscreen and a head-up display with augmented reality. It also claims that rear passengers will benefit from “exceptionally generous” leg room.
Skoda also says it has done away with the conventional trim level structure of its current line-up in favour of a range of new ‘design selections’, which each use sustainably produced and recycled materials. They will be clearly split into separate ‘themes’, with a range of option packages available additionally.
Offered with multiple powertrain options
Skoda has confirmed that, similar to other cars based on the MEB platform, the Enyaq will be offered with a choice of rear and four-wheel drive, three battery sizes and five power outputs. The largest battery will be a 125kW unit with an official range of 499 kilometres.
The Czech firm said the model “combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space, emotive design and well-balanced proportions with a sustainable yet fun driving experience.” It added that the car offers similar interior space to the Kodiaq SUV, while being shorter than the new Octavia.
The Enyaq nameplate is derived from the Irish name Enya, meaning ‘source of life’, with the ‘q’ at the end matching Skoda’s existing combustion-engined SUVs, the Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq. The model is based on the Skoda Vision iV concept, which was revealed in 2019.
Go on sale in 2021
The Enyaq, is due to be on sale in 2021 and will be a key part of Skoda’s plan to launch 10 electrified models under the iV sub-brand by the end of 2022. Although Skoda has no plans of launching the Enyaq in India yet, it is however, evaluating a mass market EV for the Indian market.