Škoda launches a new electric model: what we know about the Enyaq Coupe

Škoda expands its fully electric range with the Enyaq Coupe.

The model follows the more traditional Enyaq style and is a break from the conservative design for Škoda, with its curved roofline. Škoda is currently targeting more practical segments, such as SUVs, hatchbacks and station wagons.

Škoda CEO Thomas Schaefer said during the launch of the car that the new EV combines “excitement and efficiency”, adding that the crossover offered “generous amounts of typical Škoda space in a sleek body”.

Škoda aims for a richer market with the Enyaq Coupe than the standard Enyaq, offering different stylistic details and unique equipment lines.

The model will become the first Škoda electric car to be sold with the brand’s RS sport offered on the Octavia and Kodiaq combustion engine models.

RS’s higher power will allow it to accelerate to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 111 mph.

“The brand’s image has improved across Europe, we’re not the brand of old jokes,” said Martin Jahn, the brand’s head of sales and marketing.

“This will be the most expensive model in our range, but even for this price, the car is still good value for money.”

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Technical specifications

Škoda has not yet launched prices, but the model will cost more than the standard Enyaq when it goes on sale in February, indicating a starting price of £ 42,000 in the UK or around € 50,500.

The coupe will not offer Enyaq’s 52-kilowatt-hour battery pack, but it starts with the 58 kWh package.

The basic power level for the rear-wheel drive iV 80 is 201 hp, while the iV 80X and all-wheel drive vRS add a second engine to increase the power to 261 hp and 295 hp respectively.

The range is a maximum of 545 km in the standard iV 80 model, an increase of over 529 km in the standard Enyaq 80, an increase that Škoda attributes to the better aerodynamics of the coupe shape.

The claimed space of the 570-liter coupe trunk is only slightly smaller than the 585-liter space of the standard Enyaq. Škoda says the rear seat space is also equal to that of the brand’s best-selling Octavia compact station wagon, despite the sloping rear window.

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The car keeps the same strip of light along the front grille, available as the Crystal Face option, lit with 131 LEDs. The car also retains the standard 13-inch center screen from Enyaq. The screen is operated by either touch, a touch-slider, gesture or voice control, and the information is supplemented by an additional 5.3-inch screen in front of the driver.

The style of the car is largely based on the Vision IV concept presented in 2019.

Škoda will produce the coupe with Enyaq at its factory in Mlada Bolesav, Czech Republic. Škoda’s production strategy differs from that of the Seat Cupra and Audi performance brands, which produce their MEB cars at VW’s main electric vehicle unit in Zwickau, Germany, along with the VW ID3, ID4 and ID5 crossover coupe.

The carmaker sold 44,553 Enyaq in 2021, its first full year of sales. VW has meanwhile sold 54,982 ID4s, the equivalent SUV model on the same platform.

The Czechs expect all-electric models to account for 50-70% of sales in Europe by 2030, “depending on market developments,” Schaefer said.

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