New all-electric Skoda Enyaq SUV spotted testing
The forthcoming Skoda Enyaq electric SUV has been spotted testing for the first time. It comes after the car's name was announced in February, with the company issuing a single badge shot featuring the Enyaq letters in the usual Skoda font.
The spy pictures don't show the car's name or badging, due to heavy camouflage and cladding, but it's clear that this is a new model we've not seen before. It features a familiar front end and recognisable headlamps, as well as a set of tail-lights derived from those on the Skoda Kodiaq SUV.
It looks as if the Skoda will stay true to its roots, as well as the firm's 'Simply Clever' philosophy; there's no coupe-style sloping roofline or compromised body shape – the Enyaq is likely to be a very practical family car.
One 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 brand's first 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 SEAT el-Born. The new car is the Czech manufacturer’s second pure-electric vehicle, after the Citigo 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 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. It looks as if the car in these pictures is the former – boasting a practical cabin with space for five adults.
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.
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.