If you’re from North America, then the Skoda brand isn’t especially meaningful to you and its models might appear as obscure Volkswagen-esque things that probably don’t interest you. If you’re from Europe, though, then the Skoda brand holds a lot more significance and the fact that it’s making its own electric crossover based on the same VW MEB platform as the ID.4, then we’re sure you’re excited.

Why should you be excited? Well, because Skoda usually takes bits from the Volkswagen parts bin and uses in different ways. Its versions of equivalent VWs are often cheaper, roomier, more practical and in many ways better. That’s why the prospect of an ID.4 equivalent model from Skoda, the Enyaq iV, is quite enticing for us Europeans.

We don’t have long to wait until the automaker pulls the wraps off the Enyaq, though, because it’s expected to be revealed by the end of 2020. Until then, though, we can get a sneak peek at the model courtesy of this official set of photos provided by Skoda.

Sure, they show heavily camouflaged pre-production prototypes, but we really get a sense of the car’s overall shape and dimensions. Thankfully, the Czech automaker provides some facts about the Enyaq in the accompanying press release, so we can compare those to what we already know about the mechanically related VW ID.4.

Firstly, in terms of size, the Skoda says the Enyaq is 4,648 mm (183 inches) long, 1,877 mm (73.9 inches) wide, 1,618 mm (63.7 inches) tall and it sits on a 2,765 mm (108.9-inch) wheelbase. This means it’s a few millimeters longer, a hair narrower and a smidgen taller than the ID.4 - it is 4,625 mm (182 inches) long, 1,891 mm (74 inches) wide and 1,609 mm (63 inches) tall.

Gallery: 2021 Skoda Enyaq teasers

The idea mentioned at the start of this article, that Skodas are usually roomier and more practical than their VW counterparts is confirmed yet again. The ID.4’s trunk is expected to have a 515 liters (18.18 cubic feet) capacity, while the Skoda’s will be quite a big bigger, with a confirmed capacity of 585 liter (20.6 cubic feet); the manufacturer also promises a low loading sill, which is really what you want when lifting heavy items into the trunk.

In terms of power, the Czech automaker says there will be five power variants, two drive systems and three battery sizes (55 kWh, 62 kWh and 82 kWh). The smallest pack will provide a quoted WLTP range of 340 km (211 miles), the middle one ups that to 390 km (242 miles) and the top pack further increases it to 500 km (311 miles).

Gallery: 2021 Skoda Enyaq spy photos

Base models will be rear-wheel drive only, powered by a single 177 horsepower motor, but there will also be a more potent 201 horsepower motor available (probably only in conjunction with one of the larger battery packs).

An all-wheel drive variant will also be offered. Skoda will sell you a 261 horsepower all-wheel drive version of the Enyaq, but that won’t be the range topper. Believe it or not, it has plans to sell an even more powerful 302 horsepower version that’s even going to bear Skoda’s RS badge.

Having the vehicle with all-wheel drive will decrease the range slightly; both the RS and non-RS models will have a claimed range of 460 km (286 miles). The Enyaq will support fast charging up to 125 kW and Skoda says that such a charger can replenish the battery from 10 to 80 percent 40 minutes.

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Surprising, practical and Simply Clever: the ENYAQ iV embodies electromobility à la ŠKODA

First ŠKODA production model based on the MEB electric car platform
› Rear- or four-wheel drive, a range of up to 500* km and excellent driving performance
› Three battery sizes, five power variants and fast-charging option for even shorter charging times
› Emotive design, plenty of space, 13-inch display and state-of-the-art connectivity

Mladá Boleslav, 7 May 2020 – Emotive, efficient, electrifying: the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV marks a pioneering step forward in the Czech carmaker’s electromobility strategy. The first ŠKODA production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving. There is a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany.

ŠKODA AUTO CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “The ENYAQ iV marks the beginning of a new era for ŠKODA, it is the figurehead of our E-Mobility campaign. With it, we’re making E-Mobility Simply Clever thanks to long ranges and short charging times. At the same time, the ENYAQ iV takes ŠKODA-typical virtues such as superior interior space, a trendsetting design and maximum functionality to a new level. Our first all-electric e-model based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric car platform will be built at our main plant in Mladá Boleslav, at the heart of ŠKODA. This is an important step towards securing the future of the location and safeguarding jobs in the region.”

The new ENYAQ iV is a typical ŠKODA, but with a completely new drive concept. The Czech manufacturer’s first production model based on the MEB modular electric car platform is also ideally suited for long-distance journeys as it boasts long ranges of up to 500* km in the WLTP cycle and fast charging. Due to the vehicle’s concept, the designers were able to arrange the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV’s interior in a completely new manner. This results in even more space for passengers and their luggage despite the car’s compact dimensions, whilst also presenting a look that is as emotive as it is modern. In addition, the ENYAQ iV offers state-of-the-art connectivity as well as infotainment solutions and ŠKODA-typical Simply Clever features.

The Czech carmaker’s first electrified SUV is 4,648 mm long, 1,877 mm wide and has a height of 1,618 mm; it has a wheelbase of 2,765 mm and a boot capacity of 585 l. The loading sill, which is set low for an SUV, enables effortless loading, even of heavy or bulky items.

*all figures given are provisional

The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will be the first MEB-based Group vehicle in Europe to roll off the production line outside of Germany. It is set to be built at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav sharing a line with models that are based on the MQB platform.

The vehicle’s world premiere will also mark the start of advance sales; serial production of the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will start at the end of 2020. Its market launch is scheduled to take place at the beginning of 2021. A ‘Founder’s Edition’ equipped with special features and a different look will be limited to 1,895 units, commemorating the founding of the company 125 years ago.

In the entry-level versions, a rear motor drives the rear wheels, thus building a technical bridge to the history of the car manufacturer. 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, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV can even tow loads of up to 1,200 kg if required. A total of five different power variants and three battery sizes provide fun yet sustainable driving. Depending on the version chosen, either the rear wheels or all four wheels are driven. Thanks to highly efficient batteries, the low rolling resistance tyres (5.9 per mille) and aerodynamics that are outstanding for an SUV (cd starting from 0.27), the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV can cover ranges of up to 500* km in the WLTP cycle.

Christian Strube, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, said, “The many possibilities of the modular electric car platform allow us to offer the perfect ENYAQ iV for a wide range of requirements and applications. This includes an entry-level version for families, which offers a lot of space and functionality, a variant for the long-distance driver for whom the greatest range is key, and a model for the customer with sporting ambitions who is looking for maximum performance even in an electric SUV.”

The entry-level model is the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV 50; its lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 55 kWh (net: 52 kWh). The rear-mounted electric motor has an output of 109 kW, offering a maximum range of up to 340* km. This increases up to 390* km in the 132-kW ENYAQ iV 60 fitted with a 62-kWh battery (net: 58 kWh). The rear-wheel-drive ENYAQ iV 80 delivering 150 kW has the highest range of up to 500* km in the WLTP cycle. Its 82-kWh battery (net: 77 kWh) is also used by the two versions equipped with a second electric motor and 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.

The ŠKODA 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*.

A highlight of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV is its innovatively designed interior, which conveys an all-new feeling of spaciousness. The vehicle also offers state-of-the-art connectivity and infotainment solutions: The driver is shown all of the relevant information via a free-standing, 13-inch central display and, if desired, a head-up display with augmented reality. A permanent Internet connection ensures that all information is always up-to-date. With its generous amount of space, which exudes a lounge-like character, and a 585-litre boot, the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV is ideal for families and lifestyle-oriented customers looking for an electric vehicle that is both sustainable and fully suitable for everyday use. With the introduction of the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is also introducing a new concept for the interior: sustainable materials such as olive leather are used for the first time in a production car. Customers can also opt for other designs to suit their preferences.

Electrified vehicles from the ŠKODA iV family are a perfect blend of practical range, emotive design and great driving fun. On top of that, they are comfortable, quiet and sustainable, whilst also boasting particularly dynamic power delivery. The torque of an electric motor is available straight away, meaning cars can accelerate continuously and consistently without requiring any gear changes. State of-the-art connectivity featuring extensive vehicle networking and advanced assistance systems are as much a part of what a ŠKODA iV has to offer as excellent value for money and an even more spacious interior conveying a new lounge-like character.

By introducing the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is pressing ahead with its electromobility campaign, which began at the end of 2019 with the CITIGOe 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. 125 years after the company was founded, ŠKODA has entered the era of E-Mobility and is making it a central component of its DNA, and – now that electrified vehicles can offer ranges suitable for everyday use at affordable prices and charging infrastructures are continuously being improved – the timing could not be better.

As part of the largest investment programme in the company’s history to date, ŠKODA AUTO will have fed a total of two billion euros into the development of electrified models and the creation of a comprehensive ecosystem for new mobility solutions by 2021. For its development from a traditional car manufacturer into the ‘Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions’, sustainability plays an important role in production, sales as well as service.

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