In a press release dated 5 September 2021, Skoda confirmed that the launch of the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV is set in early 2022. Let’s take a look at what we know of this electric SUV-coupe.
Skoda is facing supply chain issues, mainly a shortage of critical parts like semiconductors. There’s a mass-level semiconductor shortage in the auto industry worldwide, which has led to delays in many product launches across brands. As per Reuters, Skoda had to cancel factory shifts as it is running out of options. The company is finishing road-tests of the upcoming EV to fine-tune it in the meantime.
We have a production capacity in Mlada Boleslav of 350 Enyaqs per day, ramping it up now to 500 and then to 800 (units/day) over time. Right now we don’t know what to do, because the feedback from the market is unbelievable. We have had orders like there’s no tomorrow! And the success, I mean we knew it’s a great car, but the success actually surprised us. At the moment we need them for Europe, and as soon as capacity is there we can go to the other markets. For now, we have a serious supply shortage.Skoda CEO Thomas Schafer on the Enyaq iV at the Next-Level Skoda Strategy 2030 announcement on June 24
As of September 5, registrations had crossed 70,000 Enyaqs (reservations began in September 2020), and the electric SUV has charmed the Skoda bosses. The executive board’s excitement should go up in the coming months when the Enyaq Coupe iV debuts, but it would depend on how many cars it can deliver and how the situation with the chip shortage evolves.
The Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV is the direct translation of the Vision iV concept from 2019. While the front remains identical, the rear slopes gently into the trunk, giving the impression of a raised sport sedan. According to the press release issued by Skoda on September 5, the Coupe grows 4 mm in length at 4,653 mm while height grows by 1 mm at 1,617 mm. The width and wheelbase, at 1,879 mm and 2,765 mm, remain identical, and a panoramic sunroof comes standard fitted.
The Coupe gets a selection of rim choices between 19 inches to 21 inches. As an option, the Coupe will also receive the Full-LED Matrix headlamps. The onboard computer can control these individually, allowing for decent visibility for the driver and less glare for oncoming traffic. Another optional feature is the Crystal Face which incorporates 131 LEDs into the Coupe’s grille.
For the most part, particularly the design and layout, the interior of the Enyaq Coupe iV should look the same as that of the Enyaq iV. Skoda may use different trim and upholstery combinations that better suit the dynamic character of the coupe version. The company uses sustainable materials like recycled PET bottles, olive leaf extracts, and new wool in the dashboard, doors and seats.
The Enyaq Coupe iV would be a comparatively premium product. The company will offer the Coupe is offered with ‘Design Selections’ that replace the classic trim levels. The ‘Loft’ selection interiors, according to Skoda, are homely and family-friendly in a blend of grey and black upholstery. The higher trim levels of Lodge and ecoSuite will add more eco-friendly features as well. On the other hand, Boot space goes down marginally from the standard’s 585 litres to 570 litres.
Variants of the Coupe come mostly fully loaded. The SUV version packs a dual-zone Climatronic system, 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink for smartphone integration, KESSY GO (passive keyless entry), and ambient lighting. Moving up the trim line-up, available standard/optional features include an augmented reality head-up display, wireless smartphone charger, 12-speaker Canton sound system, USB-C ports, and more.
The Enyaq iV received a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and Skoda will aim for the same score for the Enyaq Coupe iV. The coupe version should have the same type of safe battery pack installation in the underbody, along with waterproofing. In a defect or accident, the electrical components would automatically disconnect from the battery within milliseconds to ensure that the passengers don’t face danger from the high-voltage system. Up to nine airbags would create a safety cocoon for passengers during a mishap.
AutoExpress got to test drive a prototype of the Enyaq Coupe, and according to the report, there are far fewer drawbacks from the coupe body style than you would expect.
In terms of design, the report says the coupe is identical to the standard SUV from the nose to the B-pillar, but the raked roofline allows for changes to the rear section. The report says these changes are best experienced from the inside. Skoda has used a full-length heat reflective glass panel for the roof, freeing up space from the roller-blinds. According to the British publication, people only over six feet will find their heads brushing the roof and thanks to the MEB platform, there is no drivetrain allowing middle passengers also to feel comfortable with generous knee-room all around. The boot space shrinks, but only from 585 to 570 litres in the coupe.
As for the drive, AutoExpress’ main takeaway is that the feel is indistinguishable from the other Enyaqs they have driven. Suspension and chassis feel stiff but not uncomfortable. This, however, was also partly thanks to the smooth roads and the adaptive dampers on the prototype. According to the publication, Steering is on the heavy side compared to its rivals but also lacks the finesse or sharpness you would see on something like a Ford Mustang Mach-E.
AutoExpress estimates a 0-62 mph sprint of eight seconds and a top speed of about 100 mph, but these figures haven’t been confirmed. As for the tech, it is the same as the standard Enyaq. The layout feels familiar, and it will continue to get Skoda’s range of customisations in the Loft, Suite, Lounge, EcoSuite and Sportline trims. It also gets 19-inch rims which can be optioned out for larger ones.
Skoda says that the Coupe will get all the same motor and battery combinations as the Enyaq iV SUV. This includes the iV 60 with a 58 kWh battery pack and a 132 kW motor driving the rear axles, the iV 80 with a 77 kWh battery pack and a 150 kW motor again for with rear-wheel-drive. There is also an iv 80x which is currently the top-spec variant complete with a higher capacity battery pack and a 195 kW driving all four wheels. The AutoExpress report says that a vRS variant is planned for later, the performance variant in the Enyaq Coupe lineup.
Skoda also told AutoExpress that the Coupe would launch the new ME3 software that allows for faster peak charging. Numbers weren’t disclosed, but according to the publication, the 10-80 per cent charging times could be less than the current 34 minutes. However, according to the release, an AC wallbox of up to 11 kW could fully charge the coupe in six to eight hours. Public DC chargers can also be used with outputs of up to 125 kW. The range on the iV 80 Coupe stands at 535 km on a single charge according to the WLTP cycle.
Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV customers will likely get to use Powerpass, a charging service from Elli company – Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH. With a Powerpass recharge card, customers can charge EVs anywhere in the charging network of various operators, including Ionity. Moreover, there’s no need for a separate registration or one-off payment.
The single card will allow charging at more than 210,000 charging stations across 30 markets in Europe. The customers have to deal with the payments once a month in a combined bill, including a small fee for using the service. Thus, one can think of Powerpass as a credit card service for recharging electric cars.
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