The design of the Skoda Enyaq full-electric SUV will be more dynamic than conventionally powered SUVs in the brand’s range.
Skoda released drawings of the car along with comments from the company's exterior design boss, Karl Neuhold, ahead of the model's unveiling in Prague on Sept. 1.
The Enyaq is the first Skoda model based on parent Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric platform.
Neuhold explained how the MEB platform contributed to the shift in appearance from Skoda’s conventional SUV models.
The Enyaq has a shorter front end and an elongated roofline. "This creates a very dynamic look and transforms it into a proverbial 'space shuttle'," he said.
The change in proportions are a result of the electric platform, which packs the batteries under the floor between the two axles. That gives a longer wheelbase, while the lack of a combustion engine under the hood allows for shorter overhangs, Neuhold said.
The grille is pushed further forward and positioned to be more upright than on current models, changes that "enhance the powerful look," Neuhold said.
The highest-performing variants will be the all-wheel-drive 80X and the vRS, which produce 261 hp and 302 hp respectively.
The vRS will accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, Skoda said.
Both versions have an 82 kilowatt-hour battery for an estimated range of 460 km (286 miles) on the WLTP cycle, according to Skoda.
The entry 50 variant of the Enyaq model has standard rear-wheel drive and a 55 kWh battery pack for a predicted range of 340 km (211 miles), the company said. The mid-spec 60 version has a 62 kWh battery for a predicted 390 km range.