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New 2021 Skoda Enyaq electric SUV spied for first time

This is our first look at the all-new all-electric Skoda Enyaq, after our spy photographers caught one of the first prototypes testing on the road. 

The car will be Skoda’s first based on the new MEB electric car architecture developed by the Volkswagen Group, and will make its production car debut in the VW ID.3 electric hatchback.

These new images clearly show the electric SUV has adopted the coupe-like curving roofline from the Vision iV concept. Skoda engineers have added fake body panels to the flanks and the rear end of the prototype in an attempt to hide the Enyaq’s overall profile and shape. But it’s clear the SUV will stick closely to the look of the original concept.

An interior shot hints that the Enyaq will be offered with a huge central touchscreen system and a small digital instrument binnacle, likely borrowed from the Volkswagen ID.3 but housed within a dashboard designed specifically for the Skoda.

There’s no word on the precise technical make-up of the Enyaq at this stage though, but it’s expected to feature all-wheel drive thanks to a system of two electric motors, one on the front axle and one at the rear. 

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Although not visible in the spy shots, Skoda revealed the name of the SUV in the form of an image. It shows the ‘Enyaq’ lettering in the same font and design as that will appear on the rear of the car itself.

The name Enyaq might sound like someone clearing their throat but Skoda tells us that it’s derived from the Irish name Enya, which in turn has its origins in the Gaelic word ‘eithne’, meaning ‘essence, spirit or principle’.

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 Skoda’s master plan to offer 10 electrified models 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 constitute 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.

Tell us what you think of the new Skoda Enyaq in the comments below…

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