Skoda Elroq Electric SUV: Potential Entry into India’s Growing EV Market

Skoda Elroq electric SUV will feature three battery options—55kWh, 63kWh, and 82kWh, with a 560 km range

Skoda India is considering introducing the Elroq electric SUV to the Indian market. It would be the Czech automaker’s second EV offering in India, as it has already confirmed the launch of the Enyaq iV. Furthermore, the company is planning to assemble both electric vehicles locally in India.

Skoda Elroq will debut internationally later this year, with sales beginning in Europe by early 2025. Following the feasibility assessment, Skoda aims to commence local assembly of these SUVs by the fourth quarter of 2025.

Skoda Elroq EV to debut internationally later this year
Skoda Elroq EV (Source: Skoda)

Exploring Local Production Option 

The Enyaq and Elroq will share a common platform. Although both would have different chassis, the design will be similar.

Skoda is evaluating its involvement in the government’s EV manufacturing policy introduced in March this year.

Petr Janeba, Skoda India brand director, said:

“We want to participate in the EV policy but still cannot decide because the policy is not finalized.”

“If the government’s EV policy is favorable, we might launch the Enyaq and Elroq EVs together in 2026.”

According to the policy, companies opting in must establish manufacturing plants in India within three years and initiate the commercial production of electric vehicles. Such auto firms will receive the incentive of importing vehicles at a reduced customs duty rate. However, the policy requires a minimum investment of Rs 4,150 crore with no maximum limit specified.

If Skoda engages with the EV policy, it will assist the automaker in achieving CAFÉ targets. Additionally, Skoda could import specialized EVs at a 15% customs duty rate, equivalent to CKD models. But if the automaker opts out of the policy, it will initiate its EV operations in a scaled-down manner. Thus, it will focus primarily on the Enyaq.

Skoda EV Elroq SUV will be around 4.2 meters in length.

Skoda Elroq: Things you should know

Skoda has not unveiled the final production version of the Elroq. However, the company has disclosed that the all-electric SUV will be around 4.2 meters in length. Moreover, it will have Skoda’s new Modern Solid design language.

The Elroq lineup will consist of four variants: Elroq 50, 60, 85, and 85x. Also, it will differ in battery capacity and offer power outputs ranging from 168hp to 295hp. Furthermore, the SUV will feature three battery options—55kWh, 63kWh, and 82kWh—available in both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations, promising a claimed range exceeding 560km.

Skoda indicated that the SUV would accommodate DC fast charging up to 175 kW. Notably, all models can charge from 10 to 80% in less than 28 minutes. Moreover, the Elroq will support AC charging up to 11 kW, allowing the battery to reach full capacity in 5.5 to 8 hours, depending on the model variant.

Skoda Enyaq iV offers a range of 513km (WLTP) on a single charge.
Skoda Enyaq iV (Source: Skoda)

Skoda Enyaq iV

The Enyaq iV uses the VW Group’s born-electric MEB platform designed specifically for EVs. Also, the car is exclusively a two-row SUV. Measuring 4,648mm in length and 1,877mm in width, the Enyaq is slightly smaller than the Skoda Kodiaq.

The Czech automaker presented Enyaq in India during this year’s Bharat Mobility Show. India will likely receive the top-tier Enyaq iV 80x variant. Also, the car will feature a 77kWh battery and dual motors (one on each axle, providing simulated AWD) producing 265hp. The battery supports 125kW DC fast charging and offers a range of 513km (WLTP) on a single charge.

Wrapping Up

Skoda India sold 100,000 vehicles over the past two years as part of its India 2.0 initiative. Now, the company is considering launching the Enyaq and Elroq models in the Indian market by 2026.