At Skoda’s Annual Press Conference 2022, the brand revealed its plans to introduce the Skoda Enyaq RS iV, the performance version of Skoda’s MEB platform-based electric SUV, in the second half of 2022. The Enyaq Coupe RS iV went on sale in February 2022, and deliveries are expected to begin in July 2022, a few months ahead of the Enyaq RS iV SUV.
The Skoda Enyaq RS iV will be the brand’s second electric RS model, after the Enyaq Coupe RS iV. The ‘Rally Sport’ badge will attract customers who like the thrill of driving with an exterior design that screams performance. Expect the RS to arrive with Skoda’s signature Crystal Face. It comprises an illuminated grille with 131 LEDs and a DRL strip that flows into the Matrix LED headlamps. It will also come with the RS exclusive Mamba Green paint option.
The SUV is expected to have an aggressive front bumper with a lower air intake. The Enyaq Coupe RS iV is offered with two alloy wheel options; 20-inch Taurus wheels are standard fitment, while the 21-inch Vision wheels with an aerodynamic design cost extra. We expect similar offerings on the Enyaq RS iV when introduced later in 2022. Expect a boxy rear with LED taillamps, Skoda lettering in the center of the tailgate, and a full-width reflector on the bumper.
Interior & Features
The cabin layout of the Skoda Enyaq RS iV is expected to be identical to the non-RS models, albeit with a few unique touches. Skoda may offer two design selections christened RS Lounge and RS Suite, like on the Coupe. The design selections offer premium contrast stitching on the seats, dashboard, steering, and floor mats. Enthusiasts will love the carbon fiber effect on the door trim, aluminum pedals, and sports seats with integrated headrests.
There will be minimal digital real estate on the Skoda Enyaq RS iV. Expect to see a central 13-inch infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 5.3-inch digital cockpit. Some premium touches will include a panoramic sunroof, three-zone climate control, ambient lighting, and multiple optional packs that add features like powered seats and massage functions. That said, expect more headroom for the rear passengers, thanks to the SUV’s squared off rear end.
When the Enyaq SUV debuted in 2020, Skoda had quietly released specifications of the RS model as well. However, a tiny disclaimer at the bottom stated that the figures were provisional. That said, expect the Skoda Enyaq RS iV to use the same battery and machines as the Coupe. The Skoda Enyaq RS iV will come with a dual-motor AWD configuration; the combined output of the e-motors is 299 hp (220 kW) and 460 Nm.
In terms of acceleration, the SUV may be a few tenths of a second slower than the Coupe’s 6.5-second 0-100 kmph time—the coupe is naturally more aerodynamic than the SUV. Top speed will be electronically limited to 180 kmph. The SUV will come with an 82 kWh battery with around 490 km/304 miles range (unofficial estimate) on the WLTP cycle. This battery can fast-charge from 10-80% in just 36 minutes using a DC fast charge rated at 135 kW.
Price & Release Date
The Skoda Enyaq RS iV may undercut the Coupe’s GBP 51,885 sticker price (OTR) marginally. The SUV will be released in the second half of 2022, and deliveries may begin in the UK and Europe towards the end of 2022. The performance model will rival the VW ID.4 GTX, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq 5 N, and the Kia EV6 GT. Positioned above the 80X Sportline, the RS will also be manufactured in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic.
Skoda Enyaq RS iV FAQs
What is the Skoda Enyaq RS iV release date?
The Skoda Enyaq RS iV will debut in the second half of 2022 and could go on sale by the end of the year.
What will be the Skoda Enyaq RS iV price?
The Enyaq RS iV will likely cost around GBP 50,000 in the UK.
Which models will be Skoda Enyaq RS iV rivals?
The Skoda Enyaq RS iV will rival the VW ID.4 GTX. Competitors may also include the upcoming Ioniq 5 N and the EV6 GT.
Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the Skoda Enyaq RS iV SUV