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Skoda unveils the ‘Enyaq iV’ all-electric SUV with 500 km range

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Skoda has unveiled its first all-electric production model-based electric SUV called the Enyaq iV. The brand has revealed that the Skoda Enyaq will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB (Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten) Modular Electric car platform and features large SUV styling with spacious interiors as well as powerful electric powertrain with a long driving range and fast charging capabilities. 

The Skoda Enyaq is the first electric SUV based on the MEB architecture and measures 4,648 mm long, 1,877 mm wide and has a height of 1,618 mm. To put things into perspective the Enyaq sits between the larger Skoda Kodiaq and the Skoda Karoq SUVs in terms of its external dimensions. 

In terms of styling, the brand has revealed the Skoda Enyaq with a camouflaged skin and appears to have a closed front grille to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, air intakes on the bumper to aid cooling, aero ducts that flank the front bumper, sleek LED projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, raised bonnet, rounded wheel arches, alloy wheels with air curtains to minimise air resistance, flared shoulder lines, integrated tailgate-mounted spoiler at the back, LED tail lamps and shark-fin antenna. The Skoda Enyaq also comes with a 13-inch touchscreen display with internet-connected features, olive leather seat upholstery, lounge-style seating, heads-up display along with augmented reality and 585-litres of luggage space for long-distance travel.

The Skoda Enyaq comes with three battery sizes, five power variant and two drivelines. The entry-level model the Skoda iV 50 is powered by 52 kWh lithium-ion battery pack coupled to a rear-wheel mounted 109 kW electric motor that provides a range of up to 340 km on a single charge. The Enyaq iV 60 comes with a 62 kWh battery and 132 kW motor returning a range of 390 km. The Enyaq iV 80 is powered by an 82 kWh battery and 150 kW motor delivering 500 km of range on a single charge. The Enyaq 80x and the vRS iterations are powered by the same battery but get all-wheel-drive technology with the 80x powered by 195 kW motor and the vRS by 225 kW motor. Though the top of the range model get a top speed of 180 kmph and a 0-100 kmph timing of 6.2 seconds both take a hit on the range and return 460 km on a single charge. 

The Batteries can be charged using a conventional 230-volt household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW, a wall box delivering up to 11 kW and DC fast-charging stations with a charging output of 125 kW.

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.