2024 Skoda Enyaq twins are here with a larger battery, more performance and more range. Most importantly, a software update to its highly bugged infotainment system that is very likely to be resolved with this update. This update started with the iD7 in the VW portfolio of cars. This now makes its way to Skoda cars as well. Customers have been waiting for updates for almost three years. A reason why the India launch was delayed is one of these.
In addition to these visual changes, the cars also receive technical improvements, both in the electric motors and batteries. Instead of the Enyaq 80 and Enyaq 80x, new Enyaq 85 and Enyaq 85x versions are on the way, with the same applying to the Coupé version. The change in performance variant designation is due to the new rear axle electric motors and improved battery management. Thanks to these changes, the new model year cars have increased range capacity and improved overall charging speed while delivering an even better driving experience.
The Enyaq 85 can travel up to 565 kilometres on a single charge in the WLTP cycle, and the battery can charge from 10% to 80% capacity in 28 minutes. This improvement also applies to the Coupé version, which will now have a range of up to 576 kilometres. The dynamics of these versions have also improved, with the electric motor on the rear axle now having a maximum output of up to 210 kW, compared with 150 kW in the corresponding version. The 85 version can accelerate from nought to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, two seconds faster than before.
The all-wheel drive version of the Enyaq 85x also has a new system output of 210 kW, an increase of 15 kW. The new versions can reach 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds. In addition, the Enyaq 85x can travel up to 538 kilometres on a single charge, and the Coupé version can travel 10 kilometres more. Charging for this version offers a peak capacity of up to 175 kW, reducing the charging time from 10% to 80% to 28 minutes.
The same goes for the new Enyaq RS, which boasts optimised battery cell chemistry with improved thermal management and the option of higher maximum charging power. The Enyaq RS also benefits from a power boost, with drivers now having 250 kW at their disposal. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes just 5.5 seconds in both body variants, and the range has increased to 541 kilometres or 547 kilometres in the Coupé variant. The top speed remains the same for the RS version at 180 km/h*, but the 85 and 85x variants can now also go this fast. This is made possible by the new higher torque electric motors, which allow different overall gear ratio settings while maintaining or improving dynamics.
“An important new feature for the 2024 model of Enyaq 85 and all higher models is the ability to pre-heat the battery. It can be triggered automatically when the user enters the route to a high power charger (HPC) in the navigation system, or it can be activated manually in the car’s infotainment system,” adds Jaromír Mendl.
The upgraded Enyaq 85 and all higher models will also get a number of others, perhaps at first glance less significant, changes. These include details like the rearranged control buttons. Another interesting feature is the automatic locking function, which locks the car when the driver walks away from it with the key. This feature now comes as part of the Clever package and above.
Changes to the car’s infotainment system also apply from the Enyaq 85 up. This involves a new software version 4.0 that brings a completely redesigned user interface, among other things. This too reflects Škoda’s new brand identity and philosophy, but it will also be more intuitive and make it easier to control the car’s functions. The virtual instrument panel and head-up display also receive new graphics. The Laura voice assistant will also be improved, with a better understanding of the commands of the users, who will see a real-time transcript of their requests on the infotainment display.