In October of last year, we caught a test mule at the start of Skoda’s first all-electric sport utility vehicle. A few months later, the Czech manufacturer confirmed that it would be called Enyaq iV and we started to see prototypes with production bodies testing on public roads from March of this year. Today we have a new EV spy video to share, showing at least three different test cars.
First, we see a heavily disguised vehicle being carefully unloaded from a truck and then taking a test route somewhere in the Alps. He tows a two-axle trailer and is followed by a Skoda Superb, which likely carries engineers from the automaker and test equipment. Last but not least, we can also see the Enyaq iV attacking the winding mountain roads where there is still snow in some areas.
If the general shape of the vehicle seems familiar to you, this should not surprise you. The Enya iV will be heavily based on the Volkswagen ID.4, the two essentially sharing everything under the body. However, the two vehicles should be easy to differentiate as we expect the Czech model to have its own individual design on the outside.
The Enyaq iV will be one of the most important models in the modern history of the manufacturer for several reasons. First of all, this will mark Skoda’s return to an RWD configuration, while the RS version at the top of the range with two electric motors will effectively become the brand’s most powerful production car to date with its 302 horsepower. Early details suggest that the less powerful single-engine variant will travel 311 miles (500 km) between charges.
According to preliminary information, production of the all-electric crossover is expected to start before the end of the year. Sales will begin in the first half of 2021.