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Skoda reveals details of new Enyaq electric SUV

Date: 07 May 2020   |   Author: Simon Harris

Skoda has revealed the first details of its new electric car, due for launch in 2021.

The Enyaq IV will share its electric technology with the forthcoming Volkswagen ID3 and Seat El-Born, but will be produced at Skoda's main factory in the Czech Republic.

Skoda will offer a choice of power outputs and ranges, with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options.

The entry-level model is the Enyaq IV 50, with a battery capacity of 55kWh, and the rear-mounted electric motor has an output of 146hp, offering a maximum range of up to 211 miles, according to provisional figures.

This increases up to 242 miles in the 177hp Enyaq IV 60, fitted with a 62-kWh battery. The rear-wheel-drive Enyaq IV 80, priducing 201hp has the highest range of up to 310 miles in the WLTP cycle.

Its 82-kWh battery is also used by the two versions equipped with a second electric motor and all-wheel drive: the 80X and the vRS, which deliver 261hp and 302hp respectively.

The top-of-the-range model accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 6.2 seconds and has a top speed of 112mph. The maximum range of both all-wheel-drive variants is up to 286 miles.

The Enyaq IV can be charged in three different ways. In addition to the conventional 230v household plug socket with an AC output of 2.3 kW, the vehicle can also be 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% in 40 minutes.

The driver can view information 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 information is always up-to-date.

With the battery pack mounted under the floor of the Enyaq, the interior is expected to be spacious, and Skoda says minimum luggage capacity is measured at 585 litres.

Pricing and full specification details are expected to be revealed later in the year, parhaps after we see the car without it's vinyl wrap disguise.