Skoda Elroq Spied testing on the road for the first time

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This is the new Skoda Elroq pictured testing, and it’s the first time it has been spotted testing.

The model was originally announced last year as an electric Karoq successor. Sitting on the same MEB architecture as the Enyaq, the Elroq will be positioned under Skoda’s large EV SUV model and with a length of 4.5 metres it’ll be a little bigger than the combustion-engined Karoq.

Caught undergoing testing in Europe, the heavily disguised prototype features split lighting units and a slender, fully enclosed grille. They’re joined by vertical air curtains as well as a wide lower intake with metallic accents. Down the side it all looks fairly conventional. There are no digital wing mirrors or flush-fitting door handles, while the rather large wheels look similar to the 21-inch ‘Betria’ alloys of the Enyaq. The rear features a large roof spoiler and those rear lights look similar to the Enyaq’s, too.

Spy photographers only got a glimpse inside, but we can see the model will be equipped with a large, freestanding infotainment system. We can also see what appears to be a small instrument cluster.

The model is expected to ride on the MEB platform and it will likely share a number of components with its electric counterparts. You can expect the entry point to be a rear-wheel drive model using the Enyaq’s 179hp electric motor, with higher-spec models making use of the 286hp unit for added oomph. There could even be an Elroq vRS model with the Enyaq’s 340hp dual-motor setup, however this would be further down the line.

As for batteries, the Skoda Enyaq can manage up to 348 miles from its 82kWh pack, so the smaller Elroq could get even more range if it shares these parts – however nothing is confirmed yet.

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Some further information published by Auto Express today:

The Skoda Elroq hasn’t even been announced yet, so there’s no concrete information about it from Skoda so far. We expect to see more about the car later this year including a full reveal and the opening of the order books after that. It’s likely to happen in the second half of 2024, so check back to find out more.

In terms of pricing we expect the Skoda Elroq to sit just below the Skoda Enyaq, the brand’s larger electric SUV. The Enyaq will receive a ‘comprehensive update’ next year according to Skoda, which could push pricing up - meaning a starting price of around £40,000 for the Elroq could be possible.

With the MEB architecture in use for the Skoda Elroq we should see the same 58kWh and 77kWh batteries taken from the Enyaq in use, with the options of single-motor rear-wheel drive or dual-motor four-wheel drive for the higher-spec versions.

In the Enyaq, the smaller battery provides about 250 miles of range and rapid charging in 35 minutes from 10 to 80 per cent. The larger unit allows up to 350 miles in two-wheel drive form and rapid charging in under half an hour. Expect similar charging times in the Elroq, but slightly more range as it’s likely to be a little lighter than the larger Enyaq.
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