Škoda Enyaq iV electric SUV gets world première
Škoda has revealed further details for its Enyaq iV electric SUV, which will bring up to a 510km range when it arrives early 2021.
The brand’s second electric car and its first electric SUV, the Enyaq iV will be available, depending on the market, with rear- or all-wheel drive, three battery sizes and five power outputs.
On sale in coming weeks, it’s built on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB) also being used for the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra El Born electric hatchbacks. It’s designed for practicality and space; the battery is housed in the floor and the motor is under the boot floor, enabling it to offer a flat cabin floor and 585 litres of luggage room.
But its range will also open it up to more practical usage than just urban journeys. The entry-level Enyaq 50 iV is fitted with a 148hp rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive; its 55kWh lithium-ion battery gives a range of up to 340km. Next up is the 180hp Enyak 60 iV, which is equipped with a 62kWh battery and can cover up to 390km.
The longest-range model is the 80 iV, which has an output of 204hp and features an 82kWh battery, giving a range of up to 510km in the WLTP cycle. The same battery is also used in the two all-wheel-drive variants – combined with the second electric motor on the front axle, the Enyaq 80x iV produces 265hp and the RS iV delivers 306hp Both of these models have a range of 460km.
The MyŠkoda Powerpass ensures owners can charge their vehicles at most of the charging points in the European Union using just a single card. In addition, the brand is also involved in building the Ionity rapid-charging network throughout Europe. The brand offers three versions of the Škoda iV wall box for at-home charging. Using the fast-charging cable, the owners can recharge their Enyaq iV at fast-charging stations too. Battery charging and the air conditioning can also controlled remotely in the Škoda Connect app.
Onboard tech includes a latest-gen infotainment system with a screen measuring up to 13 inches, which can also be operated by gesture control and using the Laura digital voice assistant. The most important information is presented to the driver on the redesigned 5.3-inch Digital Cockpit, which features four different layouts and and has been designed for easier use via the multifunction steering wheel.
Škoda has also evolved its Simply Clever practicality-focused features. The charging cable can be stored in a compartment under the boot floor while there’s plenty of storage space now thanks to two shelves in the redesigned centre console. The car also comes with the usual Simply Clever items such as the umbrella in the driver’s door and the ice scraper with a tyre tread depth gauge; located on the inside of the tailgate for the Enyaq, rather than the fuel filler flap as usual.
The line-up also includes an exclusive Founders Edition, limited to 1,895 units and paying homage to the company’s history and its founding by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement 125 years ago. Features include a Founders Edition badge – produced by the Czech crystal manufacturer Preciosa – which will appear within the multifunction leather steering wheel and will display the model’s number, confirming that it is from the limited range. The Founders Edition also also comes with 21-inch alloys, sporty front and rear aprons and an ecoSuite Design Selection featuring sustainably tanned leather. It arrives early 2021, available in two engine/battery variants and two colours.