The ŠKODA ENYAQ <span>i</span>V is here. The all-electric SUV is an excellent all-rounder

The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV is here. The all-electric SUV is an excellent all-rounder

ENYAQ iV

ŠKODA has presented its much-awaited fully electric SUV, the ENYAQ iV. The new model offers a long range and a huge choice of practical features and versions to suit every customer.

1. 9. 2020

The first electric SUV from ŠKODA will be a cornerstone of the Czech carmaker’s future sustainable development. “The ENYAQ iV is a true milestone for the brand. It’s our first electric car based on the MEB platform. The ENYAQ iV is made in ŠKODA’s heartland, Mladá Boleslav, here in the Czech Republic, and it represents the next level of ŠKODA: transformation with the focus on advancing electrification and digitalisation,” said Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA chairman of the board, at the electric SUV’s premiere.

The ENYAQ iV does not only mark the proper start of the green fuel era, but it also represents a step forwards in the ŠKODA brand’s traditional values. Simply Clever elements, the traditionally generous interior and smart technologies combine in this car with the evolution of the ŠKODA design language and outstanding trim features.

Self-assured design

The new model’s design is progressive, balanced and self-assured. “In our ENYAQ iV, we have further advanced our ŠKODA-typical front section – a particularly distinctive feature of which is the Crystal Face. Combined with the emotive design language and a strikingly rugged appearance that is also reinforced by large wheels, our new ENYAQ iV is a real eye-catcher that sets a new tone,” says ŠKODA chief designer Oliver Stefani, describing the new SUV’s appearance.

One brand new design element on the electric SUV is the optional Crystal Face radiator grille. The traditional ŠKODA grille is enhanced with a crystalline effect and is backlit with a total of 130 LEDs that give the car a unique “light signature” and elevate the Coming/Leaving Home functions to original animations.

The long wheelbase (2,765 mm) with the relatively short front bonnet makes it clear that the interior will be spacious, while the muscular sides and gradually descending roof line are a clue to the car’s excellent aerodynamics. Measuring 4,649 x 1,879 x 1,616 mm, the ENYAQ iV is similar in size to the traditional KODIAQ SUV, but its style is even more dynamic. That is accentuated by the new 18" to 21” wheels. The drag coefficient from 0.27 is outstanding for the SUV category of cars. Together with the sophisticated drivetrain, that contributes to the electric ENYAQ iV’s excellent maximum range.

Five, three, two

The new electric car will be available in five power outputs, three battery sizes and two drivetrains. The basic model is the ENYAQ iV 50 with a 109 kW electric motor and rear-wheel drive. This version’s battery has a capacity of 55 kWh (52 kWh net) and a range of 340 kilometres in the WLTP cycle. The ENYAQ iV 60 has a 62 kWh battery (58 kWh net). Combined with a 132 kW electric motor, it delivers a range of up to 390 kilometres.

The ENYAQ iV 80 is the third version with rear-wheel drive. It has a 150 kW electric motor and torque of up to 310 Nm. The battery capacity is 82 kWh (77 kWh net), and it is this version that offers the longest maximum range of 510 kilometres (in the WLTP cycle) on a single charge. The two all-wheel drive versions also feature the biggest battery. The ENYAQ iV 80X, with a second electric motor on the front axle, delivers a total output of 195 kW, while the sporty ENYAQ iV RS boasts an output of 225 kW. Both these versions have a range of up to 460 kilometres in the WLTP cycle.

A few clicks to specify your ENYAQ iV

The powertrain options structure shows that choosing the right ENYAQ iV for you will be a piece of cake. And the rest of the options confirms that. With its new all-electric model, ŠKODA is also rolling out a new structure for car configurations, with Design Selections replacing the classic trim levels. Design Selections are complete packages of trim and design elements to suit the various needs and tastes of customers. The tasteful interior creates a high feel-good factor and makes use of sustainable and recycled materials. Each Design Selection gives the interior its own unique atmosphere, differing in the choice of materials, upholstery, colour scheme and dashboard design.

The standard Design Selection for the ENYAQ iV 50 is the puristic Studio design. The standard Design Selection for the ENYAQ iV 60 is the Loft option, which is inspired by modern, homely apartments for young families. One feature of Loft is a two-tone dashboard design. Lodge is a Design Selection centred on sustainability and innovation. Lounge embodies quality and exclusivity, while Suite and ecoSuite provide classic luxury details. In the RS version, the RS Lounge Design Selection emphasises the car’s sporty character, while the optional RS Suite radiates dynamic elegance.

In addition to these Design Selections, customers can also choose from ten themed packages with a number of individual choices available. So everyone can configure their dream ENYAQ iV in just a few simple steps.

Celebrating 125 years

One special version of the ENYAQ iV that will be available in a limited series is the Founders Edition, which is already available for pre-order. With this version, which customers will receive in the first quarter of 2021, ŠKODA is celebrating 125 years of history. The total production will be just 1,895 units, harking back to the year when the Czech carmaker was founded. Each Founders Edition car will have an edition number displayed on an elegant plaque on the steering wheel.

ŠKODA ENYAQ iV Founders Edition

Customers can order the extensively equipped Founders Edition for the ENYAQ iV 60 and ENYAQ iV 80 versions. Standard features include 21” Aquarius alloys, and there are two metallic finishes to choose from: Black Magic and Arctic Silver. The LED-illuminated Crystal Face radiator grille, framed in gloss black rails like the windows, comes as standard. The interior is fitted out in the ecoSuite Design Selection and the seats are upholstered in cognac-brown leather. The colour is achieved by treating the hide with sustainable olive leaf extracts. The other option is black leather upholstery with cognac-brown contrasting elements.

Hi-tech and Simply Clever

Partly thanks to the MEB platform it’s built on, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV is an exceptionally advanced car in technical terms that offers a wealth of safety features, state-of-the-art assistance systems and lots of connectivity. But it has not turned its back on a traditional strength of ŠKODA cars, the much-loved Simply Clever solutions.

These include the popular umbrella in the driver’s door, or the traditional ice scraper, which in the ENYAQ iV is not found beneath the fuel tank cap (the ENYAQ iV doesn’t have one!) but in the tailgate. In addition, there is a space for the charging cable under the boot floor. There is even a cleaner for the charging cable so users don’t get dirty.

The boot also has a false floor, so small items are kept tightly in place and won’t move around. Also available is an easy-to-use net solution that ensures larger items in the boot are properly secured and safe. The MEB platform design has allowed room for two large storage compartments. The 6.2 litre Jumbo Box under the centre armrest can hold lots of essential items, and there’s another 11.4 litres of storage space under the centre console.

The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV has a lot of safety features, including emergency braking in the presence of oncoming cars when turning left, warnings about possible collisions with cyclists or cars when opening a door, active assistance for avoiding obstacles, and nine airbags.

There are also other state-of-the-art assistance systems, including a trained parking assistance system for learnt routes. That can be controlled from the ŠKODA Connect app, which puts a bunch of new functions and car control options in your mobile phone, including charging control. The ENYAQ iV is always online. Its infotainment system can be controlled via the thirteen-inch central screen or with the help of Laura, the digital voice assistant, who understands fifteen languages and can even process fluently spoken sentences in six of them.

The Virtual Cockpit beneath the steering wheel has a 5.3 inch display and can be complemented with an innovative head-up display. The head-up display is divided into two sections: the lower one just above the dashboard displays the standard information like current speed or detected traffic signs. Above that there is a larger augmented reality projection zone that displays navigational instructions, for example, in clear view of the driver.

Charging under the ŠKODA iV banner

Drivers of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will be able to make use of all the benefits of the ŠKODA iV ecosystem, which includes MyŠKODA Powerpass, a universal service for recharging electric cars. This service lets drivers access a recharging network with more than 195,000 charging stations right across Europe using just a single card. In this way, the user can charge his car at Ionity quick-charging stations, for example, paying on the basis of a monthly bill.

For charging at home, customers can use one of the three wallbox designs that ŠKODA offers. The basic ŠKODA iV Charger is the basic variant for use in private households. The ŠKODA iV Charger Connect has a LAN and Wi-Fi connection and RFID reader. And the most advanced version, the ŠKODA iV Charger Connect+ has all these functions plus LTE mobile network connectivity. The latter two versions’ connectivity makes it possible to monitor wallbox power usage and the amount of electricity consumed by various users, say, all via the ŠKODA Connect app.

Of course, the charging speed depends on the method used and the capacity of your ENYAQ iV’s battery. The largest battery with a nominal capacity of 82 kWh can be charged from 5% to 80% in just 38 minutes. The home wallbox offers an output of almost 11 kW, meaning that the ENYAQ iV will reach a full charge in six to eight hours, depending on battery size.

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