Skoda has taken the wraps off their first ever purpose built all-electric vehicle, the Enyaq iV overnight. The Skoda Enyaq iV will be available in Europe in late 2021, with an Australian release yet to be confirmed. The mid-size SUV will be the Czech manufacturer’s second fully electric model after the Skoda Citigo e iV city car. The Enyaq iV will be underpinned by the same new MEB platform as the Volkswagen ID.3 hatchback due in Australia in 2022.
The Enyaq iV will initially be offered in Europe with two battery sizes and with both rear- and four-wheel drive options. The entry-level 62kWh battery size model, the ‘iV 60’, gets a 132 kW electric motor. It’ll have a range of around 390 kms.
An 82kWh battery is used in the three top range models. The first of these models is the rear-wheel-drive ‘iV 80’, which has a 150 kW electric motor and the highest range of the line-up at 500 kms. The ‘iV 80X’, will get a second electric motor mounted on the front axle, giving it 192 kW and four-wheel drive.
Skoda also plans to introduce a flagship vRS model, which will be the first fully electric vRS badged Skoda to wear the badge. The Enyaq RS will have an even higher power output at 225 kW, resulting in a 0-100 sprint time of 6.2 seconds, faster than any Skoda vRS before it. Who said electric vehicles were slow? Range for the four-weel drive variants is 460 kms on a full charge.
Skoda has given the Enyaq fast charging capabilities with support for up to 125kW chargers, allowing the battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in around 40 minutes.
The Enyaq will be slightly larger than the Skoda Karoq SUV on sale already and its interior borrows themes shown in the latest Skoda Octavia, such as the two spoke steering wheels, and the large infotainment display perched on the top of the dashboard.
Production of the Enyaq will start at Skoda’s Mlada Bolelsav plant in the Czech Republic later this year. Skoda Australia has said that their are currently no plans to bring the Enyaq to our shores, but has said that importing the model might be reconsidered in the future. With the Volkswagen ID3 is due to come in 2022, let’s hope to see the Enyaq in a few years.