- Skoda Enyaq iV

Skoda Enyaq debuts with up to 302bhp

You can expect it cover up to 510km on a single charge.

The title itself would have troubled the pedantic. Why? What you see here is actually called the Skoda Enyaq iV. Like all other electrified models from the Czech brand, the Enyaq also falls under the ‘iV’ umbrella. However, unlike another other Skoda, this new offering is an all-electric SUV. The DNA consists of Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, which lends the flexibility in terms of powertrains as well as the dimensions.

Boring stuff first. The Enyaq measures over 4.6 metres in length, a little less than 1.9 metres in width and stands more than 1.6 metres tall. As for the wheelbase, that stretches a bit over 2.75 metres. As per Skoda, the luggage space is enough to gulp 585 litres of stuff. And, since it is an electric vehicle, there’s plenty of room for living things as well. To behold, the Enyaq looks handsomely proportioned with typical Skoda design elements.

To ensure that the Enyaq appeals to a broad audience, Skoda has devised a total of five variants. Here’s how they stack up:

Variants - Skoda Enyaq iV

Variants - Skoda Enyaq iV

No matter how you look at those figures, they are impressive. Aiding the efficiency are low rolling resistance tyres and a drag coefficient starting at 0.27. On the performance front, the vRS-spec Enyaq can hit 100kmph from a standstill in 6.2 seconds and reach 180kmph at full stretch. Skoda claims that the EV can even tow loads of up to 1.2 tonnes.

For recharging, one can plug the Enyaq to a 230-volt, 2.3 kW AC feed. That’s what you usually get from a plug installed in a household/office. The second option is to charge using a wall box, which can provide up to 11 kW of AC power. Skoda says that using the second option would incur a wait for anything between six and eight hours. If that’s no good, then finding a 125 kW DC feed would be the best choice. With that doing its job in ideal conditions, the battery can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.

The Enyaq also aims to offer a long list of creature comforts which, as you’d expect, will vary with derivatives. So, there’s everything from olive leather upholstery (sustainable material) and augmented reality tech, to a head-up display and a 13-inch free-standing infotainment system with a permanent internet connection for live services as well as OTA updates. Other features include a digital instrument cluster, automatic climate control, cruise control and automatic headlamps and wipers.

Skoda plans to put the Enyaq in production by the end of the year. The company’s plant in Mladá Boleslav will build it. As for the launch, that should take place early next year with Europe as the first recipient market.

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