Skoda’s fully-electric midsize SUV has been flagged for an Australian introduction, though details are scant for now.
Skoda will join fellow Volkswagen Group brand Cupra in bringing fully electric vehicles in Australia in the near future, with the Czech marque flagging an intention to launch the 2022 Skoda Enyaq locally.
In a recent press update announcing the launch of new seven-year service plans and a limited-time seven year warranty, Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer confirmed speculation about an Australian launch of the brand’s first electric SUV.
Noting that “electrification is firmly on the agenda,” Mr Irmer confirmed that “next year [Skoda Australia] hope to announce timing for the introduction of the Enyaq, which has been resoundingly successful in Europe.”
Based on the same scalable MEB architecture as the Cupra Born hot hatch, which is likely to launch in Australia in late 2022, the Skoda Enyaq is slightly shorter than the Skoda Kodiaq midsize SUV, though the electric SUV is narrower and lower than its combustion sibling.
Offered in three battery sizes and five power outputs to European buyers, the Enyaq range has quickly grown as the cheap-to-run EV has become one of the Czech manufacturer’s most popular models on the Continent.
The Enyaq is Skoda’s first dedicated electric vehicle, with an offensive of fully-electric models on the horizon.
Entry-level Enyaq models use a 55kWh lithium-ion battery and a single rear motor producing 109kW of power while offering a 340km WLTP range.
The range moves on to offer larger 62kWh and 82kWh battery packs for a range of higher-grade rear wheel drive variants that produce between 132kW and 150kW of power.
Dual-motor versions of the Enyaq will soon be available providing all wheel drive, with the Enyaq 80X model producing 192kW of power. A performance-focussed Enyaq RS grade has been confirmed, with dual motors tuned to make 225kW.
Buyers of the single motor, rear-drive Enyaq 80 enjoy the longest range of the pack, with that variant rated at 500km (WLTP).
The Enyaq is charged via a Type 2/CCS port, with DC charging speeds available at up to 100kW for low-end models and 125kW on higher-end grades, including the Enyaq RS.
While Skoda boss Irmer offered no additional detail on intentions around Australian specification, it is likely that the brand will angle for higher-power, longer-range iterations of the Enyaq for our market.
More developments are expected early in 2022.
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