Skoda will be presenting its first all-electric SUV in Prague on September 1, 2020. The model marks the beginning of a new era for the Czech car manufacturer. Skoda officials believe this game-changer with its emotive lines and balanced, dynamic proportions based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB), will offer a generous interior and a sustainable yet fun driving experience. Karl Neuhold, head of exterior design at Skoda, explains the unique design features of the Enyaq iV –
The Enyaq iV is the first Skoda based on the modular electrification toolkit. How has Skoda’s design language evolved with this vehicle?
Karl Neuhold: With the Enyaq iV, we are again building on the emotive Skoda design language that characterises the Scala, the Kamiq and the new, fourth-generation Octavia. The Enyaq iV also features sculptural lines, clear surfaces and crystalline elements that draw inspiration from Bohemian crystal art. Its proportions, however, differ from those of our previous SUV models: the Enyaq iV has a shorter front end and an elongated roofline. This creates a very dynamic look and transforms it into a proverbial ‘space shuttle’.
How would you summarise the design of the first Skoda developed as a purely electric vehicle?
Neuhold: The design of the Enyaq iV is progressive, balanced and confident. The new proportions give it a special dynamic and a spacious interior, as well. Its large wheels and ground clearance give it the powerful presence of an SUV.
What do you consider to be the highlight of Enyaq iV’s design?
Neuhold: Definitely the front. We consciously emphasise the distinctive Skoda grille on our electric vehicles, as this is an instantly recognisable feature of the brand. On the Enyaq iV, it is set further forward and is more upright, which enhances the powerful look. The full-LED matrix headlights and daytime running lights are particularly eye-catching, too.
What are the most significant differences in exterior design between an MEB-based electric vehicle and a model with a combustion engine?
Neuhold: The differences include the height of the vehicle and the front and rear overhangs. To save space, the batteries of the MEB are installed in the vehicle floor, which makes the body a little higher. However, the longer wheelbase makes up for this visually. The individual components of the electric drive take up less space than a conventional internal combustion engine, allowing for shorter overhangs at the front and rear. The Enyaq iV’s body is also more elongated and extremely aerodynamic, which has a positive effect on the range. A cw value from 0.27 is impressive for an SUV of this size.