Skoda Enyaq iV customers to receive free upgrades to range
Skoda has started installing its latest ‘ME3’ software into Enyaq models. The update allows for interior tweaks to the Virtual Cockpit, head-up display, infotainment system and motive battery.
Enyaq owners who can make use of the upgrade will be contacted by their local Skoda showroom to arrange a free appointment. Skoda says installation takes around five hours.
Recently, Skoda revealed the entry-level Enyaq iV 60 can now accept charging speeds of up to 120kW, quite a big improvement over the launch model’s 100kW system. The range-topping Enyaq iV 80’s charging maximum was also cranked up from 125kW to 135kW. This followed an update in December 2021 that made DC charging standard, boosting the Enyaq 80 model’s charging capacity from 50kW to 125kW.
On top of this, the latest software offers a battery care mode in which the battery is only charged to a maximum of 80 percent. This helps to conserve the battery and extend its service life. Buyers will have access to a little more data from the car’s infotainment system, too. Now, the sat-nav displays estimated battery range on arrival when a route is programmed, which Skoda says makes it easier for drivers to plan charging stops.
Charging the Enyaq iV 80 used to take 38 minutes of 125kW charging to top the iV 80’s battery up to 80 percent, but Skoda’s new 135kW system cuts that down to 29 minutes.
Improvement to the Virtual Cockpit and the head-up display include displays of the current battery charge level. The rear-view camera has been tweaked for improved visibility and a button on the multifunction steering wheel allows the driver to switch quickly and easily between Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Travel Assist. In addition, numerous ŠKODA Connect online services have been expanded or refined.
There’s some extra driver assistance technology with the “Traction Mode” setting for the dual-motor, four-wheel drive Enyaq iV 80x. Skoda says the system automatically manages the amount of torque that goes to the front and rear electric axles to maximise the amount of grip in slippery conditions.
Skoda announced a few weeks ago that the 2023 Enyaq model will introduce four new optional packs, bundling various additional equipment. This consists of the ‘Clever package’, ‘Plus package’, ‘Advanced package’ and ‘Maxx package’. The new packages are available to order now, on top of the Enyaq’s £38,480 starting price.
The Clever package costs £2,755 and includes keyless entry, wireless phone charging, tinted windows and a glass storage compartment. Driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist and blind spot detection are all added. It also includes heated front seats, a two-spoke leather heated steering wheel and tri-zone climate control. The Clever package is standard on the higher-spec Sportline Plus models.
Above this there’s the Plus package at £4,830. Again, it’s standard on the Sportline Plus car and features an electric tailgate with hands-free ‘kick activation’ and LED headlights and rear lights. Inside, there’s an electrically adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and power adjustable lumbar support. Emergency assist and lane assist are some of the additional driving aids offered.
At £6,980 you can get the Advanced package which adds a head-up display, Skoda’s ‘Crystal Face’ light-up grille, heated seats all round with heated windscreen and an upgraded sound system.
The Maxx package is the most expensive at £9,375, but it adds electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, power adjustable lumbar support for front seats and a massage function for driver’s seat. There’s also an aerial view camera and park assist. ‘Dynamic Chassis Control’ and a 3-spoke leather heated sports multi-function steering wheel also feature.
Skoda has also broadened the range of single options, including a panoramic sunroof, heat pump, tow bar, partition screen and a universal charger.
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