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The teasing game for Skoda’s first-ever all-electric SUV continues with new sketches previewing the vehicle’s lights. Everything is on track for the big debut of the Enyaq iV scheduled for September 1 in Prague and the automaker is taking some time to talk about the headlights and taillights of the utility EV.

The Czech brand seems to be especially proud of the Enyaq iV’s headlights, which feature full-LED matrix technology with a hexagonal shape of the main LED modules. They are underlined by “finely-drawn daytime running lights with subtle lashes,” which create an even more dynamic visual effect.

Gallery: 2021 Skoda Enyaq iV exterior design teasers

Skoda also explains the LED clusters are inspired by the tradition of Bohemian crystal art. This is especially visible with the taillights, which feature “precise lines, geometric arrangements” and “exceptionally clear glass surfaces” to create “ever-changing facets.”

All this is possible thanks to the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) platform, which will be used by Skoda for the very first time. The production EV will be 4,648 millimeters (183 inches) long, 1,877 millimeters (73.9 inches) wide, and 1,618 millimeters (63.7 inches) tall - with a 2,765 millimeter (108.9 inches) wheelbase. It won’t be massive but thanks to the clever packaging, it’ll offer a cargo volume of 585 liters (20.6 cubic feet).

Much like its Volkswagen cousin, the ID.4, the Enyaq iV will be powered by an electric powertrain with either one or two electric motors. The entry-level rear-wheel-drive variant will travel up to 311 miles (500 kilometers) between charges, while the range-topping dual-motor version will cover 286 miles (460 km) per WLTP - but will hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 6.2 seconds.

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 ENYAQ iV’s full LED matrix headlights emphasise the innovative character of the new SUV model
› First ŠKODA based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB) to be presented to global public in Prague on 1 September
› Interview with Petr Nevřela, chief designer of exterior lighting at ŠKODA, on the lighting concept and inspiration behind the design.
Mladá Boleslav, 19 August 2020 – With the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is taking another leap into the era of electric mobility. The Czech car manufacturer’s first all-electric SUV also takes a fresh approach to lighting design, combining technically innovative full-LED matrix headlights with an emotive design language. Petr Nevřela, chief designer of exterior lighting at ŠKODA, explains the features of the new ENYAQ iV’s headlights in an interview.
With the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is presenting its first production vehicle based on the modular electrification toolkit (MEB). Compared to previous models, how has the design of the headlights changed?

Petr Nevřela: In implementing ŠKODA’s current design language, we already consistently developed the front headlights of the SCALA and KAMIQ model series and the new generation of the OCTAVIA. In all the models we have presented over the last 18 months, the headlights are generally flatter, resulting in an even more dynamic effect. The KAMIQ also adds its own twist with daytime running lights at the top. Furthermore, additional crystalline elements have been incorporated into the headlight design. With the ENYAQ iV, we are continuing this trend and refining specific details, such as the new, finely-drawn daytime running lights with subtle lashes and the new hexagonal shape of the main LED modules. The new headlights and taillights further enhance the innovative character of the new ENYAQ iV.

How long does the development process take when designing new headlights and rear lights?

Nevřela: The development of the design is a dynamic process; we work closely with our colleagues in exterior design and with the exterior lighting development team. We discuss which ideas are feasible before making the final selection. All in all, the process can take anywhere from six to twelve months.

What inspires you when designing new headlights and taillights?

Nevřela: ŠKODA is proud to reflect the tradition of Bohemian crystal art in its vehicles and interpret it in its own way. The precise lines, geometric arrangements and the exceptionally clear glass surfaces are fascinating and, depending on the incidence of light and viewing angle, offer ever-changing facets. We can use this as a basis for experimenting with light effects, for example, with the three-dimensional rear lights that are illuminated with fine light strips. 

What initial impression do the new ENYAQ iV’s headlights convey?

Nevřela: The ENYAQ iV’s lighting graphics are welcoming and friendly at first glance, while the headlights create a highly dynamic and modern look. Innovative LED technology also underlines the sustainable concept of our first all-electric SUV.

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