Czech firm’s first production model on new MEB platform will offer up to 500km of range and promises Kodiaq-like space.
Skoda has previewed the exterior of its upcoming Enyaq iV SUV in a series of new design sketches, ahead of its unveiling on 1 September.
The latest hint at details on the front and rear of Skoda’s first electric model built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, although the classic concept-style of the sketches make it difficult to draw conclusions on what the production model will look like.
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 Czech 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 0.27.
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”. 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 13.0-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.
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 500km.
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 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.