Skoda increases range, charging speeds and boosts performance for Enyaq range

Mike Askew

7 Dec 2023

Skoda has announced a raft of significant engineering updates to its Enyaq ranges that will see drivers benefiting from longer ranges, improved performance and faster charging. The changes, which are being introduced as part of an unusually extensive 2024 model year update will be the first major revisions to the car since its launch in 2021. 

Available to order now, the 2024 Enyaq features a number of hardware and software updates along with design tweaks and new badging system that reflect the brand’s new corporate identity and logo. The range has also grown with the introduction of a new L&K model that sits below the vRS model in the revised line-up. The changes have been applied to both the SUV launch model and the Coupe derivative that joined the line-up last year. 

While the entry-level Enyaq 60 models equipped with a 58kWh battery retain the same mechanical set up as before, 77kWh models, which were previously badged as Enyaq 80, feature a new rear motor and have a new name: Enyaq 85. The new motor is more efficient than the previous unit and features an upgraded voltage converter. The battery itself has been further optimised through a software update with the end result being a longer range. The most efficient model in the range, the rear-drive Enyaq 85 Coupe now has a WLTP figure of 353 miles – an increase of 22 miles. In addition to being more efficient, the new rear motor also has an increased power output, with the range-topping vRS model getting a 40bhp boost. The flagship model now comes with a maximum output of 335bhp, making it the fastest and most powerful production Škoda ever.

The Enyaq 85 gets an even bigger 77bhp power increase to 282bhp, with the all-wheel drive 85x SportLine Plus model receiving the same upgrade. Torque has also been significantly increased on 77kWh models by 235Nm. The vRS now has 679Nm of torque while the standard models come with 545Nm. 

Charging speeds have also been boosted on all-wheel drive models, largely thanks to an improvement in battery cell chemistry. The changes allow for a higher peak and a flatter charging curve. All-wheel drive models (85x SportLine Plus and vRS) now peak at 175kW, while the two-wheel drive models retain the same peak of 135kW. According to Škoda, all-wheel drive models can charge from 10-80% in 28 minutes, eight minutes faster than before.

To help owners achieve faster charging times in colder conditions, Skoda has introduced a battery preconditioning function. This can be activated either manually via a button on the infotainment display, or via the navigation system if the destination is set as a DC rapid charger. According to Škoda, preconditioning can lower rapid charging times by as much as 22 percent in cold conditions. 

As part of the 2024 model year update, all Enyaq models will feature a further evolution of Škoda’s infotainment system. In addition to new graphics that align with the brand’s recently introduced new logo, the system has what Škoda claims to be a more intuitive menu structure. 

The 2024 range will also feature a new model; Laurin & Klement. Named after Škoda’s founders, the new L&K model comes with a lavish spec list that includes LED Matrix beam headlights and the brand’s unusual Crystal Face illuminated front grille. L&K models also feature electrically controlled, heated and ventilated front seats with memory and massage functions, along with the L&K logo embroidered on the headrests.

The new Enyaq 85 Edition model starts from £44,540 with the vRS priced from £53,120. Coupe models start at £46,440. 

New Laurin & Klement models have been introduced as part of a range expansion

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