New 2021 Skoda Enyaq electric SUV: pictures and details

The new Skoda electric SUV has been previewed by two design sketches ahead of its full reveal next month

Skoda has released two official design sketches of its soon-to-be-launched Enyaq iV electric SUV, building on an earlier darkened silhouette image and interior drawing to give us the clearest picture yet of what the production version of the Czech brand's zero-emissions family car will look like.

We've already driven a camouflaged pre-production prototype of the Enyaq iV in Ireland, and further prototypes have been snapped testing near Skoda's HQ by spy photographers in recent months. The final production version will be revealed in full in the Czech capital Prague on 1 September.

The Enyaq iV builds on the styling of the Skoda Vision iV concept of 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.

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.

Skoda Enyaq iV range, battery and charging

Skoda has used the Volkswagen Group's MEB electric-car platform to develop the Enyaq iV, making it a sister model to the also soon-to-be-revealed Volkswagen ID.4 family SUV. The new car is the Czech manufacturer’s second pure-electric vehicle, after the Citigo-e iV city car.

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. A total of three battery sizes and 100kW CCS rapid charging capability are expected.

The Enyaq iV is fractionally smaller than the existing Skoda Kodiaq SUV – which will continue in production alongside the electric models – and unlike the Kodiaq, won't offer a seven-seat layout.

Skoda Enyaq interior sketch

Interior

Released at the end of July 2020, an official design sketch showed what we can expect inside the car. Norbert Weber, head of interior design at Skoda, says 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 and 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.

Spy shots

The latest spy shots show the Enyaq iV 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.