The new Enyaq is not absolutely Skoda’s aboriginal electric car. That honour absolutely goes to the battery-powered adaptation of the baby Citigo hatchback, which went on auction in Europe, but acutely not Ireland, aftermost year (there were other, shorter-lived array models throughout Skoda’s now 125-year history). The Enyaq, though, will go on auction here, starting in April 2021. Skoda Ireland expects that it will be accustomed 270 Enyaqs to advertise abutting year as assembly apparatus up, and appealing abundant all of those are already booked.
The Czech cast has generally claimed, through its announcement campaigns, to be ‘Made For Ireland’ but in this case it’s appealing abundant the accurate accuracy – Skoda has been application Irish anchorage and altitude to analysis the Enyaq’s anatomy for final assurance off, which accustomed The Irish Times to accept a bastard examination of what it’s like to drive.
That car was covered in a appearance blanket that fabricated it attending rather banal an amorphous. Well, the appearance acutely worked, as the final assembly anatomy of the Enyaq looks annihilation but. In fact, arguably, it’s rather added categorical and handsome than the VW ID.4, with a big, cocked grille (can’t alarm it a radiator grille anymore, one supposes) and aggressive, swept-back headlights. In proportions, it’s not absolutely full-on SUV, but absolutely a little lower and sleeker, about a center abode amid an SUV and an estate. In admeasurement terms, it’s absolutely hardly beneath all-embracing than the Octavia, but offers added autogenous amplitude than the Kodiaq SUV.
This actuality a Skoda, you can bet it will be applied – there’s a 585-litre boot, and a all-inclusive accumulator box chip into the minimalist dashboard. The axial touchscreen measures a all-inclusive 13-inches (one hopes that its software will be beneath glitchy than we’ve noticed in contempo VW Group products, glitches that allegedly about agitated the ID.3’s launch) and the berth is allegedly abounding of recycled and acceptable materials.
Skoda additionally says that it will do abroad with its acceptable Active-Ambition-Style-Sportline trim structure, and instead action about a distinct trim with bolt-on options packs that alter from cyberbanking disciplinarian aids to infotainment options, to altitude packs. There will additionally be some abandoned options, such as a high-end ‘Canton’ complete arrangement and a range-saving heat-pump heating system.
Basic 55kWh models (badged Enyaq 50) will appear with a 340km range, 18-inch animate wheels, LED headlights, dual-zone climate, keyless ignition, cruise control, a ten-inch infotainment screen, and Bluetooth buzz connection.
The Enyaq 60, witha 62kWh battery, will appear with a ambit of 390km, 19-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, atramentous roof rails, and the big 13-inch touchscreen.
Skoda Ireland reckons that its better agent will absolutely be that with the better 82kWh backpack (although, initially that will be bottomward to availability as abundant as appeal), the Enyaq 80. For that, Skoda currently claims a one-charge ambit of 500km. Rumour has it, though, that the Enyaq will absolutely go absolutely a bit added on one charge, maybe 550km, but Skoda is blockage mum until the official homologation abstracts are out.
There will additionally be a adventurous RS model, application the better battery, a 300hp powertrain, and with a 6.2sec 0-100km/h time.
Speaking of figures, the Enyaq will be rather added affordable than aboriginal thought. Skoda hasn’t accustomed annihilation like an official amount yet, but aboriginal break are that the adaptation with the 58kWh array backpack will alarm in at beneath €40,000 – possibly able-bodied under. That could actively put an electric cat amidst the SUV pigeons, and could alike upset, to an extent, Volkswagen’s own ID.3, let abandoned the ID.4.
Skoda Ireland cast director, John Donegan, said: “Despite the bread-and-butter and industry challenges, we are assured of accomplishing our long-stated aim of accomplishing fourth position in the Irish bazaar for 2020. With the accession of the new Octavia this September we are bent to advance this position in 2021. By the end of 2022, Skoda will accept added than ten electric or partially electric iV models in our range. This portfolio of new models, calm with our able banker arrangement and affiliation with Volkswagen Financial Services puts the Skoda cast in an ideal position to claiming for the cardinal two position in the Irish car market.”
The Enyaq is additionally giving Skoda a bullish position on the burst car market. The company’s newly-installed arch executive, Thomas Schafer, said at the car’s actualization that: “We are one of the few car makers in Europe to accept accomplished a absolute operating accumulation in the aboriginal bisected of the year. Our accepted sales abstracts appearance us that the year is by no agency lost. We are now putting our bottom bottomward to get the best out of it.”
While the electric car bazaar is accretion fast in Ireland, both in agreement of numbers of cars accessible and the cardinal of bodies absorbed in them, this aboriginal afterimage of the Enyaq seems to appear at an abnormally cogent time.
Earlier this week, a ample burden ship, the Paglia, docked in Dublin Port and began to discharge the aboriginal examples of Volkswagen’s ID.3 electric car to access in Ireland. Volkswagen Ireland cast administrator Rodolfo Calixto was present to attestant the car’s arrival. “This marks a new era for the Volkswagen cast globally, but now the ID.3 is actuality in Ireland and it was actual appropriate to attestant these cars accession into Dublin.”
These aboriginal cars will fan out to dealerships and to those who got their online bookings and deposits bottomward early. Initially the ID.3 will be on auction as a ‘First’ model, priced from €33,625 (inclusive of grants and VRT rebate) and with a 58kWh array accouterment a claimed one-charge ambit of 420km. Basic accessories will accommodate 18-inch admixture wheels, a ample ‘Discovery’ multimedia touchscreen, a covering council wheel, acrimonious seats, adaptive cruise ascendancy with cartage stop-and-go, two-zone altitude control, and LED headlights.
The cars accession this year are appealing abundant already all announced for, but in 2021 added variants will go on auction – a added affordable, shorter-ranged one with a abate battery, and a pricier adaptation with a Tesla-baiting 77kWh array and added than 550km ambit – as will the ID.4 SUV, which was appear (after abundant affliction and non-reveal-reveals) aftermost week.
The ID.4 will add four-wheel drive as an option, and of advance comes with an arguably added adorable SUV anatomy aloft the aforementioned MEB electric belvedere as acclimated by the ID.3. Both cars are acceptable to accept their easily rather abounding of the Enyaq.