ŠKODA lovers around the world have been waiting a long time for the Czech company to enter the electric vehicle market. Finally, the company has confirmed the launch of its first fully-electric vehicle on September 1, the ENYAQ iV. While all the official details and specifications will be revealed tomorrow, here’s what you should know about the electric SUV.
ŠKODA will offer the ENYAQ iV in various design versions: either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, with three different battery capacities and five performance versions. The basic model will be the ENYAQ iV 50 with a battery capacity of 55 kWh, which will have a 109 kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle and will deliver a range of up to 340 kilometres per charge. Next up will be the ENYAQ iV 60 with a 132 kW electric motor and a 62 kWh battery. This version will have a range of 390 kilometres. The biggest range, up to 500 kilometres, will be offered by the ENYAQ iV 80 with an 82 kWh battery capacity and a 150 kW electric motor. The two four-wheel-drive versions will also have the highest-capacity battery and a second electric motor at the front in addition to the one on the rear axle. The ENYAQ iV 80X will offer 195 kW of power, while the downright sporty RS will deliver 225 kW. The most dynamic version will accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and have a top speed of 180 km/h. Both four-wheel-drive versions will have a maximum range of 460 kilometres.
The generous interior space of the ENYAQ iV is attributed to the MEB platform, which houses the traction battery in the vehicle’s floor. This leaves maximum possible room for the occupants. The 585-litre luggage compartment is proof that the car is also sufficient for most purposes. As a result, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will be both a dynamic and a practical electric vehicle.
Norbert Weber, head of interior design at ŠKODA says, “ The new design concept of the ENYAQ iV combines spaciousness and a ‘lounge feeling’. Instead of the usual equipment lines and numerous additional options, we are offering our new Design Selections in the ENYAQ iV for the first time. These are reminiscent of modern living environments, featuring perfectly coordinating colours and materials.”
At 4,648 millimetres long and 1,877 wide, the electric ENYAQ iV SUV will be slightly smaller than the standard ŠKODA KODIAQ. But its height of 1,618 millimetres is a clear sign that the ENYAQ iV will have more dynamic qualities. Even so, buyers of the first electric SUV from ŠKODA can look forward to a spacious interior that gives the impression of a living room. This is underlined by the new interior concept: customers can choose from various versions and ŠKODA, for the first time in a mass-produced car, is using sustainable materials like leather tanned with an olive extract.
Charging capacity will be up to 125 kW, which will make it possible to charge the battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in just forty minutes. The company is expected to reveal the price range for the e-SUV tomorrow, though it is expected to start from Rs 28 lakhs (ex-showroom). Deliveries should begin by 2021 across the world.