Right on trend: the Enyaq derivative incorporates numerous zeitgeist elements: electric drive, coupé look and SUV body.
By Markus Höscheler
Munich – With “simply clever”, Škoda has created a trademark. In this way, the brand signals well-considered, practical solutions that make everyday life easier in connection with its vehicles. This can be a small umbrella recess in the side door panel or a reserved space for the ice scraper on the inside of the tank lid. In addition, there is the basic requirement to create as large, convincing space as possible. Up to now, however, Škoda has not taken any risks when it comes to the design language. Design adventures were previously considered a taboo zone.
In connection with the increasing electrification of cars, Škoda is clearly more willing to experiment. With the Enyaq, Škoda has launched a handsome compact SUV that can only be equipped with electric motors. Demand is high; according to Škoda employees, around 70,000 orders have been placed across Europe. The development is even overwhelming the production, meanwhile new customers have to reckon with delivery times of almost a year.
The Enyaq Coup inspires Škoda to such an extent that a derivative will soon follow: the Enyaq Coupé. For the first time, Škoda is primarily focusing on emotion and less so on function. While the front end is identical to the basic Enyaq up to the B-pillar, the roofline drops off significantly afterwards and gives the SUV coupé a dynamic character. The aesthetics take their toll, the loading compartment of the Coupé is not quite as big as the normal Enyaq, the headroom on the back seat is less. Nevertheless, the figures are impressive, the storage volume of the trunk is 570 liters; However, bulky goods are no longer as easy to transport as in other Škoda models. What is no less impressive: normal-sized adults sit comfortably on the outside in the rear, thanks to a special glass roof solution that works without a roller blind, but with material recesses over the rear seats that create a feeling of space. Škoda also promises to use certain materials for the glass that prevent uncomfortable heating in fine weather.
The technicians and designers have not only dealt with this: In order to achieve more range, those responsible succeeded in reducing the drag coefficient to 0.247 – consequently, the manufacturer expects a standard range of more than 535 kilometers if the 77 kWh battery ( net). A battery with 58 kWh is available as an option. For the time being, three power levels are planned (132 kW, 150 kW and 195 kW), and an RS version is also being considered. The first trip with a camouflaged Enyaq Coupé was promising. The unveiling is scheduled for December, with the market launch likely in spring 2022.