With ENYAQ iV, SKODA taking another leap into the era of electric mobility. The Czech car manufacturer’s first all-electric SUV finally up in the market with a completely new drive concept based on the (MEB) modular electric car platform which claims for the vehicle range up to 500 Km in WLTP cycles and fast charging. The highlight with the launch of this vehicle is its ‘Founder’s Edition’ Variant, equipped with special features and a different look will be limited to 1,895 units, commemorating the founding of the company 125 years ago.
Skoda Enyaq comes with two drive systems, three battery sizes and five power variants. In the entry-level versions i.e. SKODA ENYAQ iV 50, 60 and 80 comes with single rear motor which drives the rear wheel and the more powerful versions feature a second electric motor at the front to transmit torque to the road even more efficiently. In its most powerful variant it can even tow loads of up to 1,200 kg if required.
The entry model ENYAQ iV 50 comes with lithium-ion battery which has a gross capacity of 55 kWh and the rear mounted electric motor has an output of 109 Kw, offering a maximum range of 340 Km. ENYAQ iV 60 has an extended range of 390 Km’s with 62 kWh battery pack with 132 Kw electric motor and ENYAQ 80 delivers highest range of 500 km in the WLTP cycle with its 82 kWh battery pack has an output of 150 kw.
The two higher variants ENVAQ 80X and ENVAQ vRS equips the same 82 kWh battery pack with a second electric motor in the front, thus all wheel drive the 80X and the vRS, which deliver 195 kW and 225 kW respectively. The top-of-the-range model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h. The maximum range of both all-wheel-drive variants is up to 460* km.
Skoda has that ever appealing iconic legacy which has showed consistently in each of their vehicle range with the perfect blend of character and proportion given a well thought of purposeful build. With the ENYAQ iV, Skoda has taken a leap into the era of electric mobility which means a whole new vehicle architecture opening a wide range of possibilities with new grounds to stand on.
With ENYAQ iV Skoda has taken a fresh approach to lighting design, combining technically innovative full-LED matrix headlights with a emotive design language, it reflects the tradition of something called Bohemian crystal art which Skoda claims they had interpreted it to suit the urban phycology. The headlights are crafted with clear glass surface with precise line and geometric arrangements which with the incidence of surrounding light on it offers an appealing ever-changing facets.
Well, looking at the front the LED grill and the whole lightning graphics feel welcoming and underlines the sustainable concept of electrified mobility.
The progressive exterior of the ENYAQ iV is well balanced and confident in its own way. The new enhanced proportions gives it a special dynamic character and the large wheels and ground clearance delivers a powerful presence of an SUV. Now as for ENYAQ, Skoda uses its new MEB electric platform where battery pack is installed in the floor, makes the body little higher, however it has a longer wheelbase which makes up for this visually. The individual components of the electric drive takes lass space then a conventional internal combustion engine, allowing shorter overhangs for front and rear. The ENYAQ iV’s body is more elongated and extremely aerodynamic, which has a positive effect on its range.
Taking about the interior, the ENYAQ iV benefits from the MEB platform’s longer wheel base, which in relation to the body dimensions offers an exceptionally spacious interior. The inside feels more airier and feels open to the environment making a perfect lounge experience. The cleverly crafted layered design configured best with the 13- inch central screen and a new head-up display, including augmented reality. The decorative trim that spans the entire dashboard to the door panels enhance the sense of space, below the central display is the central console which kind of serves as a style taken from front grill.
And not to forget the seats, which are made up of 40% new wool and carries the woolmark company seal, the remaining 60% is the blend in polyester from recycled PET bottles these seating material blend has a unique feel and adapt best with the air temperature inside as claimed by Skoda.
The SKODA ENYAQ iV can be charged in three different ways. In addition to the conventional 230-volt household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW, the vehicle can also be conveniently topped up overnight at home using a wall box delivering up to 11 kW. This takes six to eight hours depending on the size of the battery. DC fast-charging stations with a charging output of 125 kW are the third option. These can recharge the ENYAQ iV’s battery from 10% to 80 per cent in just 40 minutes.
By introducing the ENYAQ iV, SKODA is pressing ahead with its electromobility campaign, which began at the end of 2019 with the CITIGO iV and the SUPERB iV. As part of the brand’s strategy, more than ten electrified iV models are scheduled to be launched between 2019 and the end of 2022.
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