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Skoda has confirmed it is working on a business case to bring its first all-electric model, the Enyaq SUV, to Australian showrooms as a more environmentally friendly alternative to the Kodiaq.
Having been revealed in September 2020, Australian media were told at the time that the Enyaq was off the table for local consumption, likely to prioritise supply to the European market.
Skoda Australia boss Michael Irmer said to expect an announcement in 2022 on the fate of the Enyaq.
“Electrification is firmly on the agenda,” he said. “Next year we hope to announce timing for the introduction of the Enyaq, which has been resoundingly successful in Europe.”
It is still too early to tell if Skoda will bring in all five variants of the Enyaq, but the range is topped overseas by an all-wheel-drive RS version that punches out 225kW and serves up 460km of driving range thanks to an 82kWh battery.
At the more affordable end of the spectrum, the entry-level Enyaq 50 features an 109kW, rear-drive set-up with a 55kWh battery that is good for 340km of range.
Stepping up to the 60 or 80 ups the ante to 132kW and 150kW respectively, while the battery also grows to 62kWh and 82kWh for an additional 50km and 170km of range.
Finally, slotting in just below the RS is the AWD 80X with an 195kW electric motor and 460km of driving range from an 82kWh battery.
Inside, the Enyaq features a 13.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, while a 5.3-inch digital instrument cluster also adds to the tailpipe emissions-free model’s tech appeal.
However, it is likely the Enyaq Coupe, which was teased this week wearing full camouflage, won’t make it Down Under as the local appetite for EVs remains small.
Skoda isn’t the only Volkswagen Group brand looking to bring full-battery electric vehicles to Australia in the coming years, with Cupra confirming last week its intention to offer the Born, Tavascan and UrbanRebel EVs to local shores.
The Enyaq’s platform-sharing Volkswagen ID.4 is also still on the cards for Australia, though it will likely not arrive in 2023.