New electric Skoda SUV named Skoda Enyaq
Skoda has announced that its new electric SUV will be called the Enyaq. Based on the same underpinnings as the Volkswagen ID.3 and SEAT el-Born, the new car is the Czech manufacturer’s second electric vehicle, after the Citigo-e iV city car.
Skoda says 'Enyaq' is derived from the Irish name Enya, itself derived 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 have names starting with the letter E.
It’s likely that the new SUV will closely resemble the Vision iV concept, which was first shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and that DrivingElectric drove last year. The Vision iV had two electric motors powering all four wheels, but the production Enyaq will be offered with both rear and four-wheel drive options.
There’s no word on exact specifications yet, but 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. Expect both to offer three battery sizes and 100kW CCS rapid charging capability.
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.
Both the 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.
Skoda plans to introduce 10 electric models under its iV sub-brand by the end of 2020, each using a similar underpinnings to closely related Volkswagen Group models. The brand estimates that electric and plug-in hybrid cars will make up 25% of its sales by 2025; it’s likely that the new Enyaq will help Skoda achieve this goal when it eventually arrives in showrooms. Skoda expects to have invested €2 billion in developing its electric cars by 2025.