European carmaker Škoda has revealed new sketches of its upcoming 2022 Enyaq iV coupé ahead of its reveal on January 31, 2022.
With far sleeker lines than its Enyaq iV 60 and iV80 SUV stablemates, the Enyaq iV coupé shows all the signs of positioning itself as a Tesla Model Y rival.
The new sketches show us a model with slightly sloping rooflines, with a more broken rear edge and side skirts in the same colour as the body.
Škoda has not shared any images of the rear of the body, but as is often the style with a coupé, expect a hatch instead of a boot.
Specifications have not been revealed by the carmaker but, importantly perhaps, Škoda impresses that the coupé will be a more “emotive” machine than the iV 60 and iV80, with “outstanding aerodynamics”. Both suggest a more powerful vehicle that, if the company amps up the power output and torque, might place it favourably against the Model Y.
Currently, Škoda’s most powerful Enyaq is the iV 80, which has a mediocre power output of 150kW from a single-motor when placed against the dual-motor Long Range Model Y’s 258kw max output.
Likewise, its 310Nm torque is a fraction of the Model Y’s 527Nm torque. Driving range is a little less, with the iV 80 rated for 510km compared to the Long Range Model Y’s 542km (both according to the WLTP cycle).
There are also easily discernable design differences: such as a large grille and flat headlights that accentuate the width of the vehicle, plus an angular front apron. Bonnet lines leading down to the coupé’s grille however are somewhat reminiscent of those on the Tesla’s smooth nose.
Other factors like height in the back, plus flexibility of foldable seats to expand cargo space however are not certain.
There is a distinct possibility that the Škoda Enyaq Coupé iV could make it to Australian shores, although there could be a wait for it. Volkswagen Australia has said the Škoda Enyaq will arrive here at some point but that is not likely until 2023, after a late 2022 launch of its cousin, the EV Cupra Born.
The world premiere of the new Škoda Enyaq Coupé iV will be built on the Volkswagen AG’s modular MEB platform and is scheduled for January 31, 2022 in Prague.
Bridie Schmidt is associate editor for The Driven, sister site of Renew Economy. She has been writing about electric vehicles since 2018, and has a keen interest in the role that zero-emissions transport has to play in sustainability. She has participated in podcasts such as Download This Show with Marc Fennell and Shirtloads of Science with Karl Kruszelnicki and is co-organiser of the Northern Rivers Electric Vehicle Forum. Bridie also owns a Tesla Model 3 and has it available for hire on evee.com.au.