New Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV to swoop in for 2022
Skoda Enyaq lineup set to expand with stylish new coupe model early next year; we’ve driven an early prototype
- Offered with the same powertrains and trims as the regular Enyaq iV
- Estimated range of up to 340 miles between charges
- Will have a 570-litre boot, 15 litres smaller than standard
The new Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV has been previewed ahead of an official reveal. The new variant has a sleeker design than the regular model, giving it improved aerodynamics and an improved range of up to 340 miles.
Skoda is planning to fully reveal the Enyaq Coupe iV later this year, with sales starting from January 2022. We’d expect it to command a small premium over the normal model, with prices starting from around £33,500. Rivals will include the Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback and the forthcoming Volkswagen ID.5.
To see how the new Enyaq Coupe iV is shaping up, we’ve sampled an early pre-production prototype. Read on for our review and everything we know so far.
2022 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV: design
While development of the new car is ongoing, the brand has confirmed it will be 4.65m long, with identical bodywork to the regular Enyaq iV from the front grille to the B-pillar. From here, a new low-slung roofline leads to a rounded tailgate with redesigned C-pillars, new tail lights and a different rear bumper.
Interior, technology and practicality
The interior of the Enyaq Coupe iV is essentially the same as the existing model, with the same clean dashboard design, a digital dial cluster, a 13-inch infotainment touchscreen and a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Buyers will be able to customise their car’s interior with the same trims as the regular model, ranging from Loft, Suite, Lounge, EcoSuite to Sportline.
Every model will have a fixed panoramic glass roof fitted as standard, which is made from special heat reflecting glass, meaning it doesn’t require a roller blind. That frees up additional headroom for the rearmost passengers.
The sloping roofline eats slightly into boot space, with the Coupe offering 570 litres of space compared to the 585 litres you find in the standard Enyaq. In practice, 15 litres isn’t a dealbreaker. The boot also features a useful full-width storage space for the charging cables.
Powertrains, range and charging
Skoda will offer the same powertrain options as it does for the standard Enyaq SUV, with a choice of the 177bhp entry-level iV 60 powered by a 58kWh battery or the iV 80, which has 201bhp and a larger, 77kWh battery. The dual-motor iV 80X with four-wheel and 261bhp will be the flagship at launch, with a performance-focused vRS model arriving later.
Thanks to improved aerodynamics, Skoda says the Enyaq Coupe is capable of around “10 to 15km” (6-9 miles) more range than the standard model. This means that an iV 80 model could manage up to 340 miles of range; a slight improvement over the 331 miles offered by the standard Enyaq.
Thanks to new developments in battery technology, Skoda has confirmed the Enyaq Coupe iV will launch with new ‘ME3’ generation software, which enables faster charging times. While exact speeds are yet to be confirmed, the Coupe could improve upon the standard Enyaq’s 125kW charging speed, while also reducing the benchmark 10-80% charging time of 34 minutes.
2022 Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV prototype drive - by Richard Ingram
While Skoda is mostly known for its dependable hatchback, estate and SUV models, the brand has yet to bring anything radically different to the market. With coupe-SUVs becoming the next big thing, Skoda has decided to launch a svelte coupe version of its pure-electric SUV.
To see how it's shaping up, we were given the chance to try a fully camouflaged pre-production prototype on European roads. Our test car was an ‘iV 80’ spec model with a single rear-mounted electric motor producing 201bhp and a 77kWh battery.
From behind the wheel, the Enyaq Coupe is nearly identical to the standard SUV. Overall refinement and comfort is excellent, with virtually no tyre rumble or wind noise on the move. The chassis and suspension feels rigid but comfortable. The sublime ride quality was undoubtedly helped by the smooth tarmac and because our test car was sitting on the smallest 19-inch alloy wheel option, complete with adaptive dampers.
The steering remains similar to the standard model, with a nice weight to it, but it still falls short of the sharpness of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Performance is as brisk as any one of the VW Group alternatives, with a satisfying acceleration surge as you plant the accelerator rather than anything groundbreaking. Performance figures have yet to be confirmed, but we’d expect it to manage 0-62mph in around eight seconds.
With a similar level of practicality to the standard model, the Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV looks to have few compromises. On paper at least, it offers more range and the same level of refinement as the standard SUV, and providing the brand can offer it with attractive finance deals, it should represent a more stylish Enyaq option for buyers.
Read our review of the Skoda Enyaq iV SUV here.
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