ENYAQ iV LED matrix headlights underline the innovative character of the new SUV model
›First ŠKODA based on the Modular Electrification Toolkit (SEM) to be presented to the global public in Prague on September 1
›Interview with Petr Nevřela, chief exterior lighting designer at ŠKODA, about the lighting concept and the inspiration behind the design.
Mladá Boleslav, August 19, 2020 – With the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA takes another leap into the era of electric mobility. The Czech automaker’s first all-electric SUV also takes a new approach to lighting design, combining technically innovative full-LED matrix headlights with emotional design language. Petr Nevřela, chief exterior lighting designer at ŠKODA, explains the characteristics of the new ENYAQ iV headlights in an interview.
With the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA presents its first production vehicle based on the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). Compared to previous models, how has the design of the headlights changed?
Petr Nevřela: By implementing the current ŠKODA design language, we have already consistently developed the headlights of the SCALA and KAMIQ model series and the new generation of the OCTAVIA. In all of the models we have presented over the past 18 months, the headlights are generally flatter, which translates into an even more dynamic effect. The KAMIQ also adds its own twist with daytime running lights at the top. In addition, additional crystalline elements have been incorporated into the design of the headlights. With the ENYAQ iV we are continuing this trend and tweaking specific details, such as the new finely designed daytime running lights with subtle eyelashes and the new hexagonal shape of the main LED modules. New headlights and taillights further reinforce the innovative character of the new ENYAQ iV.
How long does the development process take when designing new headlights and taillights?
Nevřela: Design development is a dynamic process; we work closely with our exterior design colleagues and with the exterior lighting development team. We discuss feasible ideas before making the final selection. Overall, the process can take anywhere from six to twelve months.
What inspires you when designing new headlights and taillights?
Nevřela: ŠKODA is proud to reflect the tradition of Bohemian crystal art in its vehicles and to interpret it in its own way. The precise lines, geometric layouts and exceptionally clear glass surfaces are fascinating and, depending on the incidence of light and the viewing angle, offer ever-changing facets. We can use it as a basis for experimenting with lighting effects, for example with the three-dimensional tail lights which are illuminated by thin bands of light.
What first impression do the headlights of the new ENYAQ iV give?
Nevřela: The lighting graphics of the ENYAQ iV are welcoming and friendly at first sight, while the headlights create a very dynamic and modern look. Innovative LED technology also underlines the sustainable concept of our first 100% electric SUV.