Skoda Enyaq iV Electric SUV Spotted in India! Claims 565 km Range per Charge! How True is the Claim?

Skoda India is gearing up to launch its first electric car in the Indian market, the Enyaq iV, by March 2024. The electric SUV has been spotted several times on Indian roads without any camouflage, revealing its design and features. The Enyaq iV claims to offer a range of 565 km on a single charge, but how true is this claim?

Skoda’s first electric car for India

Skoda India is aiming to increase its market share in India by introducing its first electric car, the Enyaq iV, which is based on the dedicated MEB electric platform of the Volkswagen Group. The Enyaq iV has five variants globally, but the expected variant for India is the Enyaq 85, which has an 82 kWh battery pack and a single-motor rear-wheel drive setup, producing about 282bhp. The Enyaq 85 can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 6.7 seconds and has an estimated range of 565 km (WLTP cycle). It can also charge from 10-80% in just 28 minutes with fast charging.

The Enyaq 85 will compete with the Hyundai Ioniq5 and the Kia EV6, both of which are electric vehicles that are expected to launch in India soon. The Enyaq 85 will have an advantage of being the first mover in the segment, as well as having the backing of the Skoda brand, which is known for its quality and service.

Skoda Enyaq Electric SUV Spotted in India! Claims 565 km Range per Charge! How True is the Claim?

The Enyaq iV has been seen several times on Indian roads, thanks to the spy shots by Team-Bhp. The electric SUV has a distinctive design, with Skoda’s signature grille, sharp and aggressive-looking headlamps and taillamps, large and aerodynamic alloy wheels, and a sleek and sporty profile. The dimensions of the Enyaq are 4648x1877x1618 mm and its wheelbase is 2765 mm, which means it has a spacious cabin and a large boot space of 585 litres.

The Enyaq also has a modern and minimalist cabin layout, with a minimal driver display, a 15-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a few physical buttons. The driver’s seat has a 5.3-inch digital display and a new head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality (AR) technology, which projects information such as speed, navigation and alerts on the windshield. The central infotainment screen is 15-inch in size and supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Skoda’s own connected-car features. The cabin also has ample space for the passengers, due to the long wheelbase of the platform. The Enyaq also comes with various driver assistance and safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, park assist, and up to nine airbags.

The Enyaq iV claims to offer a range of 565 km on a single charge, which is impressive for an electric SUV. However, this figure is based on the WLTP cycle, which is a standardized test procedure that measures the fuel consumption and emissions of vehicles. The WLTP cycle is more realistic than the previous NEDC cycle, but it still does not reflect the real-world driving conditions, such as traffic, weather, road conditions, driving style, and load. Therefore, the actual range of the Enyaq iV may vary depending on these factors, and may be lower than the claimed figure. However, the Enyaq iV also supports fast charging, which can replenish the battery from 10-80% in just 28 minutes, which can reduce the range anxiety for the users.

Skoda’s future plans for India

Skoda will also launch new products in the Indian market by the end of this year, apart from the Enyaq iV. The brand plans to launch the new Superb, which is a premium sedan that will compete with the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The new Superb will have a refreshed design, a more powerful engine, and more features, such as a panoramic sunroof, a digital cockpit, and a 360-degree camera. The new Superb will come to India as a completely built unit (CBU) in limited numbers.

Skoda will also bring the facelifted Kodiaq, which is a seven-seater SUV that will rival the likes of the Ford Endeavour and the Toyota Fortuner. The facelifted Kodiaq will have a revised design, a new petrol engine, and some additional features, such as a hybrid system, a wireless phone charger, and a massage function for the driver’s seat. The facelifted Kodiaq will also come to India as a CBU in limited numbers.

Apart from the new launches, Skoda may also update the Slavia and the Kushaq by the end of this year. The Slavia and the Kushaq are both vehicles that were specially developed for markets like India, based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. The Slavia is a sedan that competes with the likes of the Hyundai Verna and the Honda City, while the Kushaq is a compact SUV that competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos. Skoda updated both the vehicles last year, adding features such as electrically controlled seats, ambient lighting and subwoofer. Some more features may be added next year, as both the vehicles lag behind the competition in terms of features.

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