The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ
The badge for the new electric ŠKODA ENYAQ

ŠKODA has confirmed that the name of the brand’s first electric SUV will be ENYAQ. The new ŠKODA ENYAQ will be built based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform.

According to ŠKODA, the ‘E’ references electromobility, while the ‘Q’ is the final letter of ŠKODA’s SUV family – KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ.

There is also an Irish connection. The name of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ is derived from the Irish name ‘enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish Gaelic word ‘Eithne’, meaning ‘essence’, ‘spirit’ or ‘principle’. The brand says the significance for this new model is that the ‘source of life’ symbolises the car manufacturer’s entry into the new era of electromobility!

The ŠKODA ENYAQ will be the first of more than ten electric models that will be launched under the ŠKODA iV sub-brand by the end of 2022.

By 2025, ŠKODA expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid powertrains to account for 25% of sales.

By 2021, the car manufacturer will have invested two billion euros in the development of electric models and a holistic, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions.

Previous concept vehicles unveiled by ŠKODA, have provided accurate indications of subsequent designs of production models. The Vision iV concept vehicle shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019 is a clue to the appearance of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ.

Speaking at an undercover drive of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois, Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product, ŠKODA Ireland said:

“We are delighted that ŠKODA’s new electric SUV will carry an Irish name. The ŠKODA brand has really resonated with Irish people, offering exceptional value, quality and functionality. Our “Made for Ireland” television campaign has been hugely successful and has helped propel the ŠKODA brand to fourth position in the Irish sales charts in January. We are very excited about the new ENYAQ and look forward to sharing details of this incredible car with our customers over the next few months”

The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ
The ŠKODA Vision iV concept that previews the new ENYAQ