Skoda kicks off series production of the Enyaq Coupé iV
Skoda has started producing the Enyaq Coupé iV ins series at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic. The facility churns out more than 120 units of the Coupé a day, alongside the Enyaq iV, Octavia and its PHEV offshoot Octavia iV model series.
Last year, Skoda produced 50,000 units of the Enyaq iV in Mladá Boleslav. Due to the high demand, the delivery time for the MEB SUV is now over twelve months – so an Enyaq ordered today will not be delivered until 2023. What influence the 120 Enyaq Coupé have on production and delivery time in the case of scarce semiconductors is not clear from Skoda’s announcement. The ratio of SUV to SUV coupé in production is also not mentioned. If one assumes 250 working days per year for the known 50,000 units, about 200 Enyaq should be built per day. Skoda has not confirmed this estimate.
What is clear is that the 120 vehicles (or, extrapolating from 250 working days, 30,000 units per year) will be built additionally – and on the same production line as the Enyaq and the Octavia. “I would like to congratulate the team on the successful completion of the preparation phase,” says Skoda’s production board member Michael Oeljeklaus. “It’s a great honour for the entire team that the coupé version of our successful electric SUV is also being produced at the heart of the brand, in Mladá Boleslav.”
Skoda offers the coupe version with a different drive portfolio than the classic SUV: the version sold as the Enyaq iV 50 with a 52 kWh battery pack is omitted from the coupe, which starts with the 60 battery pack (58 kWh nett0) and 132 kW of power. In addition to the 80 and 80x with a 77 kWh battery and 150 kW and 195 kW respectively in the all-wheel-drive version, the Enyaq Coupé is also available as a 220 kW RS version. The front-drive unit of the all-wheel-drive models is built by Magna, the rear engine is made by VW itself. So far, only the RS version can be ordered at prices starting at 57,700 Euros (49,725 Euros after environmental bonus), the other prices are not yet known.
The two Enyaq variants are the only MEB models to be manufactured in Europe outside Germany. So far, all MEB models – i.e. the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, Audi Q4 e-tron, Q4 e-tron Sportback and the Cupra Born – have been built at the Zwickau plant. With the additional production of the ID.4 in Emden and the ID. Buzz in Hanover, two further MEB productions will start up this year.
Skoda plans to launch at least three more all-electric models by 2030, all of which will be below the Enyaq models in terms of size and price. Skoda does not give details on this and possible platforms in the announcement. The carmaker wants to increase its share of electric vehicles in Europe to 50 to 70 per cent by 2030 – “depending on market developments”. Skoda has not yet announced a complete phase-out of the internal combustion engine or a date when the last new internal combustion engine will be launched on the market.
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.