Skoda says that the new Enyaq iV marks a pioneering step forward in its electromobility strategy. The first Skoda production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform “combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving”. There is a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at Skoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany.
Skoda Auto CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “The Enyaq iV marks the beginning of a new era for Skoda, it is the figurehead of our E-Mobility campaign. With it, we’re making E-Mobility Simply Clever thanks to long ranges and short charging times. At the same time, the Enyaq iV takes Skoda-typical virtues such as superior interior space, a trendsetting design and maximum functionality to a new level. Our first all-electric e-model based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric car platform will be built at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav, at the heart of Skoda. This is an important step towards securing the future of the location and safeguarding jobs in the region.”
First MEB-based Skoda
The Czech manufacturer says its first production model based on the MEB modular electric car platform is also ideally suited for long-distance journeys as it boasts long ranges of up to 500 km (about 300 miles) in the WLTP cycle and fast charging.
The Czech carmaker’s first electrified SUV is 4,648 mm long, 1,877 mm wide and has a height of 1,618 mm; it has a wheelbase of 2,765 mm and a boot capacity of 585 l. The loading sill, which is set low for an SUV, enables effortless loading, even of heavy or bulky items.
Enyaq iV set to be manufactured in Mladá Boleslav
The Skoda Enyaq iV will be the first MEB-based Group vehicle to roll off the production line outside of Germany. It is set to be built at Skoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav sharing a line with models that are based on the MQB platform.
The vehicle’s world premiere will also mark the start of advance sales; serial production of the Skoda Enyaq iV will start at the end of 2020. Its market launch is scheduled to take place at the beginning of 2021. A ‘Founder’s Edition’ equipped with special features and a different look will be limited to 1,895 units, commemorating the founding of the company 125 years ago.
Two drive systems, three battery sizes, five power variants
In the entry-level versions, a rear motor drives the rear wheels. The more powerful versions feature a second electric motor at the front to transmit torque to the road even more efficiently. In its most powerful variant, the Skoda Enyaq iV can even tow loads of up to 1,200 kg if required. A total of five different power variants and three battery sizes will be available. Depending on the version chosen, either the rear wheels or all four wheels are driven.
Christian Strube, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, said, “The many possibilities of the modular electric car platform allow us to offer the perfect Enyaq iV for a wide range of requirements and applications. This includes an entry-level version for families, which offers a lot of space and functionality, a variant for the long-distance driver for whom the greatest range is key, and a model for the customer with sporting ambitions who is looking for maximum performance even in an electric SUV.”
The entry-level model is the Skoda Enyaq iV 50; its lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 55 kWh (net: 52 kWh). The rear-mounted electric motor has an output of 109 kW, offering a maximum range of up to 340 km (about 210 miles. This increases up to 390 km (about 240 miles) in the 132-kW Enyaq iV 60 fitted with a 62-kWh battery (net: 58 kWh). The rear-wheel-drive Enyaq iV 80 delivering 150 kW has the highest range of up to 500 km (about 300 miles) in the WLTP cycle. Its 82-kWh battery (net: 77 kWh) is also used by the two versions equipped with a second electric motor and thus all-wheel drive: the 80X and the vRS, which deliver 195 kW and 225 kW respectively. The top-of-the-range model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph. The maximum range of both all-wheel-drive variants is up to 460 km (about 285 miles).
Recharged to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes via fast charging
The Skoda Enyaq iV can be charged in three different ways. In addition to the conventional 230-volt household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW, the vehicle can also be conveniently topped up overnight at home using a wall box delivering up to 11 kW. This takes six to eight hours depending on the size of the battery. DC fast-charging stations with a charging output of 125 kW are the third option. These can recharge the Enyaq iV’s battery from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.