New 2021 Skoda Enyaq electric SUV: interior teased with sustainable materials promised
Skoda has revealed an interior sketch of the upcoming Enyaq, which will be Skoda’s first electric SUV and will be revealed on 1 September.
When it goes on sale in 2021, it will be the firm’s first dedicated electric vehicle, acting as an alternative for the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro battery-powered SUVs, too.
This interior sketch reveals that the production car’s dashboard design will take inspiration from the latest Octavia, while remaining true to the Vision iV concept, too.
We can see a small digital instrument panel, a two-spoke steering wheel taken from the Octavia, a dashboard with a large central area, home to a wide, 13-inch central infotainment display and a strip of piano-key style buttons, and a large centre console with a very small drive selector. Behind the instrument panel sits a projector for a head-up display with augmented reality features.
According to Skoda, the main difference between the interior of the Enyaq and the rest of the firm’s line-up is found in the material selection. It uses more natural, recycled and sustainably produced materials for various trim and upholstery elements, such as recycled PET bottle plastic for seat covering, and leathers tanned using extract from olive trees.
The firm’s interior designer, Norbert Weber, promises that customers will be offered several interior themes using sustainable materials, while Skoda has also claimed a boot size of 585-litres. Skoda has also said that the Enyaq will boast a “generous” amount of cabin space. The company says it’ll have a similarly sized cabin to the Kodiaq SUV, despite being shorter in length than the conventional Octavia hatchback.
Judging by an exterior teaser sketch, the new Enyaq’s design will be weighted more to that of a traditional two-box SUV than a coupe-inspired one, as is popular with modern electric SUVs.
Skoda has also released some additional information on the Enyaq’s platform and powertrain. We knew the pure-electric SUV was going to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB underpinnings – but Skoda has now confirmed that buyers will have their choice of rear- or four-wheel-drive, along with three battery sizes and five power outputs.
The Enyaq’s platform will offer support for the latest 125kW DC fast charging technology, which should allow the SUV’s battery pack to recover 125 miles of range in as little as 15 minutes. Skoda has also stated that the Enyaq’s largest battery pack will provide a claimed WLTP range of up to 311 miles.
New 2021 Skoda Enyaq spied
Over the last few months, our spy photographers have Skoda’s Enyaq development mules undergoing testing – and these images offer a better indication of how the finished SUV will look, both inside and out.
The Enyaq will adopt a similar sloping roofline to the Vision iV concept, albeit raised up to improve the level of passenger and boot space. The rest of the Enyaq’s styling falls in-line with Skoda’s existing range of combustion-engined vehicles. It shares the same shape grille, headlight design and bumpers as the Karoq – along with an entirely conventional set of Skoda alloy wheels and familiar panel mouldings for the bonnet.
Following Skoda’s most recent announcement, we expect the Enyaq will share its powertrain and battery line-up with its chassis sibling, the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.4 SUV.
As such, the standard model should feature the same 201bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle and an identical 82kWh underfloor battery pack, which should provide the same 99mph top speed and 311-mile cruising range. The range-topping model will be fitted with an electric motor on each axle, providing four-wheel-drive and an output of upwards of 300bhp.
The Enyaq establishes a new naming convention within the Skoda range where electric models will take names starting with “E.” In addition to this, the new car name also ties-in with Skoda’s existing SUV model line of Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq by ending with a “Q.”
As the first Skoda model to be based on the MEB platform, the Skoda Enyaq will be a landmark car for the brand. It’s the next step in a Skoda plan to offer 10 electrified models (plug-in hybrid and fully electric) under the iV sub brand by the end of 2022, but it also uses tech that we’ll see in wide use across the VW Group in the coming years.
Skoda estimates that electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will make up 25 per cent of its sales by 2025 and hopes will be high for the Enyaq to realise a significant chunk of that total by slotting into the ever-popular SUV class. To that end, it says it will have invested 2 billion euros in electric car development and connected systems by the time 2025 comes around.
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