02-09-2020

Skoda ENYAQ iV Unveiled

NEWS, EV

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By launching its brand-new ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is taking the next systematic step in the implementation of its E-Mobility strategy. The all-electric SUV is the Czech car manufacturer’s first production model to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV offers rear- or all-wheel drive, along with a range that is perfectly suitable for everyday use, covering up to 510 km* in the WLTP cycle, and brand-typical spaciousness. ŠKODA is continuing to develop its emotive design language - to this end, the new SUV features an all-new interior concept offering Design Selections instead of classic trim levels and a brand-new structure of the options available. One highlight is the exclusive ENYAQ iV Founders Edition, which is limited to 1,895 units and is commemorating the company’s anniversary celebrating 125 years of success.

On the launch, Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said, “The launch of the ENYAQ iV sees the start of a new era for ŠKODA. This is our first all-electric car to be based on the MEB platform. By launching this model, we are making E-Mobility Simply Clever – with long ranges, quick charging, ease of operation and affordable prices. The ENYAQ iV is made in ŠKODA’s heartland, Mladá Boleslav, making our main plant the only production facility for MEB-based vehicles in Europe outside Germany. This is a great testament to ŠKODA’s expertise, and I would like to thank the entire team that got the ENYAQ iV rolling. It’s a great car and I’m really proud of the team.”

The ENYAQ iV is 4,649 mm long, 1,879 mm wide and has a height of 1,616 mm. The wheelbase of 2,765 mm and absence of a transmission tunnel allow for extraordinary spaciousness and a suitably large amount of knee-room in the rear. The boot has a capacity of 585 l.

Featuring its own interpretation of the emotive ŠKODA design language, distinctive ŠKODA grille, and wheels that provide a rugged appearance with diameters ranging from 18 to 21 inches, the ENYAQ iV is as much a true ŠKODA as it is a true SUV. Its bold, contoured front, complete with a sculptured bonnet and full LED Matrix headlights, makes it unmistakable as a member of ŠKODA’s SUV family. However, the Czech manufacturer’s first all-electric SUV has a unique character of its own too, as it is equipped with an upright ŠKODA grille that has been brought further forward. This is further emphasized by the SUV’s innovative Crystal Face: from the ENYAQ 80 iV upwards, 130 LEDs light up the vertical slats, and a horizontal strip illuminates the ŠKODA grille. ‘ŠKODA’ is positioned in block lettering on the middle of the tailgate and is framed by a matt black roof spoiler and a rear bumper featuring a grey diffuser. A panoramic sliding roof is available on request; the roof rails, window frames and the frame of the ŠKODA grille provide contrasts in a choice of chrome, matt or gloss black. The range of paint finishes includes two standard and seven metallic colours. The ENYAQ 50 iV comes with 18-inch steel wheels as standard, whilst all other models are fitted with alloys. A total of eight different wheel sets are available, with diameters ranging from 18 to 21 inches.

With the Design Selections, ŠKODA designers have created holistically coordinated interior options based on modern living environments. These differ, for example, in terms of the upholstery, decorative trims and dashboard as well as by using different materials. Furthermore, depending on the chosen Design Selection, the floor mats, centre console, and ambient lighting also have a different feel and appearance. The entry-level ENYAQ 50 iV starts with the puristic Studio design. The Loft option, which comes as standard for the ENYAQ 60 iV upwards, is based on modern, homely apartments for young families. And the dashboard, with its different levels, sports a two-tone design. Other Design Selections are available on request. Lodge represents sustainability and innovation, whilst Lounge embodies quality and exclusivity, and the Suite and ecoSuite selections provide classic luxury details. In the ENYAQ RS iV, RS Lounge emphasises the car’s sporty character, while the optional RS Suite design radiates dynamic elegance. In total, there are ten different themed packages available, with the majority coming in a basic and a more comprehensive Plus version.

Offering three battery sizes and five different power variants, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV makes driving both sustainable and fun. In addition to the one on the rear axle, the two most powerful models are also fitted with a second electric motor on the front axle that transfers the SUV’s torque of 425 and 460 Nm respectively to the road via all four wheels. The entry-level ŠKODA ENYAQ 50 iV is fitted with a 109-kW rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive; its maximum torque is 220 Nm. Its lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 55 kWh (52 kW net) and it has a range of up to 340 km*. Equipped with a 62-kWh battery (58 kWh net), the 132-kW ENYAQ 60 iV can cover up to 390 km*; its maximum torque is 310 Nm. The ENYAQ 80 iV has an output of 150 kW, torque of up to 310 Nm and, at 510 km* in the WLTP cycle, boasts the longest maximum range. The 82-kWh battery (77 kWh net) is also used in the two all-wheel-drive variants – combined with the second electric motor on the front axle, the ENYAQ 80x iV produces 195 kW and the ENYAQ RS iV delivers 225 kW. Both models have a range of 460 km.

It’s a Skoda, and it has to be safe and simply clever, just like any other Skoda, and I am glad to say, that it indeed is safe and well, simply clever. The ENVAQ iV comes with upto 9 airbags and host of safety features depending on the variants that you choose. The SUV can automatically warn of collisions with other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and fixed obstacles, ideally preventing an accident completely or at least minimizing its consequences.

The exclusive and particularly extensively equipped Founders Edition is limited to 1,895 units and pays homage to the company’s successful history and its founding by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement 125 years ago. Adorning the multi-function leather steering wheel, a Founders Edition badge – produced by the Czech crystal manufacturer Preciosa – will display the model’s number, confirming that it is from the limited range. The exclusive ENYAQ iV Founders Edition will be delivered in spring 2021.

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Nilesh Sawant
Nilesh Sawant

With an experience of over 3 lac kms of driving across the continents and with extensive experience of driving on the tracks, and passion for technical things around anything on wheels, reviews written by Nilesh are crisp and to the point.  



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