Skoda plugs in to SUV EV trend
IF you like the idea of an electric car hardwired with the solid practicality of a Skoda SUV, then step this way...
Here we have the boldly-named Enyaq, Skoda's first take on the Volkswagen Group's new electric car platform, as already deployed in the VW ID3 hatchback and the upcoming ID4 SUV.
The Enyaq arrives later this year with a choice of battery sizes - either 62kWh or 82kWh, badged 60 or 80 respectively - rear-wheel-drive and a range of up to 316 miles.
Twin-motor four-wheel-drive versions, including a vRS model, are due later.
The entry-level Enyaq 60 gets a 178bhp motor and starts at a competitive £33,450 (before applying the government's £3k plug-in car grant). Skoda says it has a range of 242 miles.
The longer-legged Enyaq 80 has a 201bhp motor, costs from £38,950 and can hit that 316 mile range target.
Trim levels start at 'Loft' and rise through 'Lounge' and 'Suite'.
Or, if you really want to push the boat out, there's a £49,995 Enyaq 'Founders Edition' model.
Expect bags of interior space - the VW Group uses a 'skateboard' style platform, with the battery and motor mounted under the floor - and a trademark Skoda big boot.
The Enyaq is due to go on sale later this year and to start reaching customers next spring.