Skoda Enyaq: electric SUV leaks out ahead of imminent unveil

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 13.0in 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 310 miles.

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.

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