New Enyaq Laurin & Klement: Skoda’s all-electric SUV gets a luxurious update with more battery and range

Skoda’s new model upgrade is named after its founders, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement, and comes with special interior and exterior design features

Skoda is completing the top-end of its all-electric SUV line-up with the new rear-wheel drive Enyaq L&K 85 and the all-wheel drive L&K 85x, with a luxurious interior as well as powerful technical upgrades, including more power, battery and range and available as SUV and coupé.

The new Enyaq L&K variant debuts a new battery and drive package. It offers increased power at 210 kW, a range of up to 354 miles on the WLTP cycle, a top speed of 112mph, shorter charging times, and battery preheating, which brings the battery to an optimal temperature before charging begins, with the help of the latest ME4 vehicle software.

The new ME4 software adds numerous improvements and new features like improved navigation map, more intuitive graphics, and a new control panel, and will make its way to all new Skoda models from next year. So it’d be pretty safe to assume that they would be also feature in the four new EVs the Czech auto manufacturer is planning to launch by 2026.

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Skoda Enyaq L&K 85x Coupé

Back to the L&Ks: with the increased power, the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint is now almost two seconds faster than before for the new rear-wheel drive Enyaq 85 model, needing 6.7 seconds to cover it. The 85x takes things even further, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.6 seconds. So if you value your seconds, maybe the latter is for you. But it does come at a cost, the range is slightly reduced at up to 342 miles.

Enyaq’s battery charging has also been optimised, allowing the L&K to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent of its capacity in less than 30 minutes.

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Škoda has made sure its Enyaq L&K is identifiable by its exterior too. The front wings have an L&K badging, and the tailgate bears Enyaq lettering. There’s exclusive Platinum Grey detailing on its model-specific bumpers as well as the diffuser and exterior mirrors. The side skirts are painted in body colour, while the window frames and roof rails are finished in chrome – as is the frame of the Škoda grille, which features the Crystal Face illuminated by LEDs.

Skoda Enyaq L&K badge

The standard equipment also includes full LED matrix headlights, which contribute to road safety by avoiding dazzling oncoming cars and masking out reflective surfaces. The rear side windows and rear window are also tinted. The Enyaq L&K features specific 20-inch or optional 21-inch alloy wheels and L&K badging on the front wings.

Skoda is offering two options to customers: Design and Black. The Design Selection L&K Shell with beige leather upholstery is standard. The optional L&K Black features black leather. The front seats with ventilation and massage functions, which are exclusive to the L&K version, are included as standard in both versions. And like most other EVs on the market, there’s an infotainment screen too.

Johannes Neft, Škoda Auto Board Member for Technical Development, said: “In the new Enyaq L&K, we are introducing several technical upgrades that will subsequently be used in the other models of this series, as well.

“Based on customer feedback, we added battery preheating management, which also uses navigation data. This function optimises the charging performance even in cold weather. Moreover, our new User Interface takes usability to a completely new level, making the operation of the vehicle even more intuitive.”

The two new models will be available as an SUV and a coupé, similar to the two existing all-electric drives that Skoda currently offers: Enyaq iV, Enyaq Coupé iV. When we reviewed the former at ev.tips, we were pleasantly surprised that how Enyaq, developed alongside Skoda’s parent Volkswagen Group’s ID.4, managed to outshine its German cousin and prove itself as one of the best in its category.

In another news, Skoda also announced that all other future BEVs, including the new L&K models will be dropping the iV suffix from their names, as it looks to incorporate EVs more into comprehensively into its lineup.

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