New 2021 Skoda Enyaq electric SUV: pictures and details
This darkened teaser image was our first official look at the Skoda Enyaq, the Czech manufacturer's first electric SUV. The image confirms that the Enyaq will sport a rakish roofline, strong-shouldered styling and a relatively short bonnet. Skoda has confirmed that the car will be revealed in full on 1 September 2020 via a live broadcast from Prague.
The teaser image tallies with our spy shots, which show the Enyaq testing on public roads; both blue and silver cars photographed out and about near Skoda's headquarters in the Czech Republic earlier this year.
A second official image – this time a sketch of the Enyaq's interior (below) – was released at the end of July 2020, showing what we can expect inside the car. Norbert Weber, head of interior design at Skoda, said that the Enyaq's cabin is "clear, airy, innovative and sustainable," with a choice of 'Design Selections' – replacements for traditional trim lines that combine "perfectly co-ordinated colours and materials".
These will be combined with "clearly structured option packages in various themes". Weber confirmed that 40% wool/60% recycled polyester seat fabric will be among these Selections, as will sustainably produced leather tanned with olive-tree extracts instead of chemicals.
Weber also confirmed that a 13-inch central infotainment screen will feature, alongside an augmented reality head-up display. There's no transmission tunnel, with the Enyaq's flat floor allowing for multi-level storage under the centre console and plenty of legroom for all occupants. Weber stated that the Enyaq will have a 585-litre boot – comfortably larger than the 557 litres you'll find in the back of the Jaguar I-Pace.
Following the Vision iV concept's appearance in 2019, the production car's name was announced in February 2020, when the company issued a badge shot featuring the Enyaq letters in the usual Skoda font. We've already had a drive in a disguised pre-production version of the Enyaq on roads in the Republic of Ireland.
The latest spy shots show the Enyaq without much camouflage, and a familiar front end and recognisable headlamps can be seen, as well as a set of tail-lights derived from those on the Skoda Kodiaq SUV. This is the more practical of the two versions of the car; a coupe-SUV version with a sportier profile is expected to follow in due course.
An obscured shot of the interior has come to light, showing that the Enyaq's cabin will be based around a large touchscreen and a raised centre console. While unconfirmed, it looks as if the electric SUV will do without a conventional gearlever, perhaps favouring a series of buttons to select drive, neutral and reverse.
Skoda's new electric SUV will be based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.3, Volkswagen ID.4 and Cupra el-Born. The new car is the Czech manufacturer’s second pure-electric vehicle, after the Citigo-e iV city car.
Skoda says 'Enyaq' is derived from the Irish name Enya, itself taken from the Gaelic name Eithne, which means ‘essence, spirit or principle’. The Enyaq will be the first Skoda to use a new naming convention whereby its electric cars will begin with the letter E.
There’s no word on exact specifications yet, but as we mentioned above, we do know that Skoda will offer two pure-electric Enyaq models based on the Vision iV design – one a more practical, boxy shape and the other a sleeker coupe-SUV that'll be very similar to the concept.
The range-topping Enyaq should get an 83kWh battery and have a range of up to 310 miles, but there are no details on the smaller batteries that'll be offered. It’s uncertain whether the coupe variant will also be named Enyaq, but expect that to arrive a little later than the more practical variant, which is mooted for production later this year before going sale in early 2021. Expect both to offer three battery sizes and 100kW CCS rapid charging capability.
Both the standard Enyaq and the coupe variant are fractionally smaller than the existing Skoda Kodiaq SUV – which will continue in production alongside the electric models – and neither will have a seven-seat layout as offered by the Kodiaq.