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Škoda Teases Elroq Ahead of Launch

The all-new electric vehicle, Škoda Elroq, is a compact segment SUV that will be similarly sized to the previously sold Karoq at about 4,500mm. However, this BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) is based on an entirely different platform from Karoq. Škoda has used Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform. Škoda Enyaq, set to be launched in India soon, has the same underpinnings. However, the Enyaq will be introduced only via CBU routes, and we assume the Škoda Elroq will unlikely be launched in India soon. The Czech manufacturer plans to launch the vehicle in the European market this autumn. This launch will be the first of the six upcoming electric vehicles planned for Škoda Auto’s pipeline. 

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Exterior

Elroq has a distinctive light signature, yet the design fits the brand identity. It sports a split headlight setup, and the top-of-the-range LED Matrix beam headlights employ Matrix technology, which consists of 36 individual light segments along with dynamic turn indicators. The Elroq will be the first Škoda model to adopt the new Modern Solid design language. The traditional Škoda Logo or ‘Winged Arrow’ in Škoda Speak has been replaced with a 2D Škoda lettering. The newly introduced illuminated grilled has become even slimmer than compared to the Enyaq. This grille will neatly hide the front camera and radars. Hence, Škoda calls this ‘Tech-Deck Face’. The lower parts of the bumper have vents for the air intake. The vehicle's rear resembles the Enyaq with C-shaped taillights. The camouflage doesn't give away any more of the design cues, although interestingly, the Elroq has no roof rails. Škoda Elroq wears aerodynamic wheels from 19-inches to 21-inches according to the variants.

Interior

The Škoda Elroq's skateboard architecture ensures a spacious cabin and a generous 470 litres of boot space. The 5-inch driver’s display and 13-inch infotainment system take centre stage, with an optional heads-up display featuring Augmented Reality. Škoda's commitment to sustainability is evident in the use of Recytitan, an eco-friendly material made from 78% recycled PET ( for example, from drinking bottles), for seat upholstery and interiors. 

Powertrain

Škoda will offer the Elroq in Europe with four powertrain options: 50, 60, 85, and 85x. The entry-level Elroq 50 features rear-wheel drive, a 55 kWh gross battery capacity, and a rear-axle electric motor with a peak output of 168 hp (125 kW). The Elroq 60 is powered by a 201 hp (150 kW) electric motor and a 63 kWh battery. Both the Elroq 50 and 60 have a maximum speed of 160 kph. The Elroq 85 and 85x models are equipped with an 82-kWh battery. The Elroq 85x, with an additional electric motor on the front axle, offers all-wheel drive as standard and a peak output of 296 hp (220 kW). The Elroq 85, with rear-wheel drive, has a peak output of 281 hp (210 kW). Both the Elroq 85 and 85x have a maximum speed of 180 kph, which is more than legal speed. 

Battery and Safety 

Škoda Elroq boasts a range of up to 560km, and top-end models can be refilled by a 175 kW DC fast charger. The brand also claims all the variants can be charged from 10% to 80% in just 28 minutes. The battery has a preheating function, which might help users in colder countries reach optimal charging speeds. 

The car is equipped with 9 airbags and self-parking features to enhance safety. Buyers can also use their smartphone as a remote to park the vehicle from outside. The car is equipped with 360-degree cameras and ADAS functionality for Europe. 

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TopGear Magazine July 2024