Currently reading: Skoda Enyaq: electric SUV leaks out ahead of imminent unveiling
Czech firm's first model on MEB platform will offer up to 310 miles of range and promises Kodiaq-like space
James Attwood, digital editor
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1 September 2020

Skoda's big 2020 debutant - the Enyaq iV electric SUV - has leaked online ahead of its planned unveiling tonight. 

The Skoda Enyaq has now been revealed - click here for full details on the Czech brand's electric SUV

Images posted on social media are said to show the new EV hours ahead of the big event. They appear to be official press shots, revealing a design significantly different from other models built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB platform.

The model is the first car Skoda built from the start as a dedicated electric model. It's predicted to be larger than its closest sibling, the upcoming Volkswagen ID 4. It appears to feature a backlit grile - another first for the brand. The latest shots also reveal an interior that moves traditional brand design elements into a new layout. 

Skoda’s lighting design boss, Petr Nevřela, claims the headlights take after the flatter, “more dynamic” units of the Scala and Kamiq. More crystalline elements are said to have been incorporated into the front and back lights, too. Nevřela says the additions “enhance the innovative character of the new Enyaq iV”.

More broadly, Skoda says the exterior of the car possesses "emotive lines and balanced, dynamic proportions".

The brand's exterior design boss, Karl Neuhold, claims the Enyaq iV features proportions that "differ from those of our previous SUV models". 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 drag coefficient rating of just 0.27Cd.

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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". 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," Skoda claims. 

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 13.0in 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. 

The Enyaq, which Autocar has already driven in prototype form, is due 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.

Skoda has confirmed that, similar to other MEB-based machines, 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 giving an official range of 310 miles.

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 machine offers similar interior space to the Kodiaq SUV, while being shorter than the Octavia hatchback.

The Enyaq name 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.

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22 July 2020

 So, will there version be cheaper than VW's Car?

12 August 2020

You think of an electrric Skoda, 'n' yack.

29 July 2020
Great drawing. Of course, the real thing will look like every other Skoda: functional, spacious, austere, boring.

29 July 2020
Andrew1 wrote:

Great drawing. Of course, the real thing will look like every other Skoda: functional, spacious, austere, boring.

That interior looks almost identical to the new Octavia's.  Which is a shame, because it is horrible.  I have a 5 year old Octavia which I love.  The interior is well laid out and simple to use. This new design direction merely gives me an incentive to keep my car on the road for a few more years, rather than buying a new one.  Oh well.....

29 July 2020

....but we all know it will cost a ridiculous amount of money so I'm not. The headline grabbing 310 mile range model will cost well over £40,000 no doubt.

I'd pay that to extend my house but not to buy a family car - not even on finance.

29 July 2020

This will compete with ID4 not ID3as it is larger and will be more expensive because of larger capacity batteries.

MrJ

12 August 2020

Skodas become less individual, yet a little uglier with each succeeding generation.

12 August 2020

All these prolonged previews and trickle feeds of new cars, which can go on for many months, takes away the anticpation and impact when they're finally launched. The Enyaq is no exception. It's the same with the forthcoming S-Class too,  as if we've already known what it'll be like and how it'll look for months now.

12 August 2020
Lanehogger wrote:

All these prolonged previews and trickle feeds of new cars, which can go on for many months, takes away the anticpation and impact when they're finally launched. The Enyaq is no exception. It's the same with the forthcoming S-Class too,  as if we've already known what it'll be like and how it'll look for months now.

I agree, by the time the model is actually released you're fed up of hearing about it. Its for this reason that going to motor shows (when there are any) doesn't appeal to me any more.

I seem to remember that Skoda were still releasing these 'stylised' images of the Scala, after we'd all the seen the staid production version in the metal, which seemed a bit pointless.

12 August 2020

So the Enyaq offers ‘similar interior space to the Kodiaq SUV, while being shorter than the Octavia hatchback’ - not sure what the point being made here is given that the Kodiaq and current Octavia hatch only differ in length by 8mm. Effectively they’re saying - something similar in size to the Kodiaq SUV offers similar interior space to the Kodiaq SUV!!!

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