Skoda is a step closer to welcoming its first electric car Down Under.
Skoda Australia managing director Michael Irmer has confirmed the brand next year hopes to confirm an arrival time for the electric Enyaq SUV.
That’s a step on from what Skoda said at the car’s reveal in 2020, when Mr Irmer was only able to confirm “clearly the intent” to get the Enyaq in local showrooms.
Under the skin, the Enyaq shares its Volkswagen Group electric platform with the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, along with the Audi Q4 e-tron.
Although it’s likely to beat the ID.3 and ID.4, the Enyaq may trail the Cupra Born in the race to become the Volkswagen Group’s first affordable electric car in Australia.
The entry-level, rear-wheel drive Enyaq 50 iV produces 109kW of power and 220Nm of torque, and has an electric range of 340km under the stricter WLTP standard. A 55kWh lithium-ion battery is standard.
At the top of the range is the Enyaq RS iV, which has all-wheel drive, 225kW of power and 460Nm of torque, and a claimed range of 460km. It features a second electric motor and uses a larger 82kWh lithium-ion battery.
The efficiency king is the mid-range Enyaq 80 iV with 510km of range. All Enyaq iV models are relatively slippery though, with a drag coefficient of 0.27.
The 82kWh battery in high-end Enyaq iVs can be charged from five to 80 per cent in 38 minutes using DC fast charging, while an AC wall box of up to 11kW will charge Enyaq iV models in 6-8 hours depending on the battery size.
Skoda claims that, due to its skateboard platform, the Enyaq has Kodiaq-rivalling interior-dimensions despite being shorter than the Octavia.
It measures 4649mm long, 1616mm tall and 1879mm wide, slightly longer and wider than a Toyota RAV4.