Skoda's Epiq Concept Raises the Bar for Entry-Level EVs

Skoda has revealed a concept of its upcoming entry-level electric SUV called Epiq. It’s part of the six pure electric vehicles (EV) Skoda plans to launch by the end of the decade. The Epiq is expected to finalize its design by 2025, with an international debut anticipated sometime next year.

Skoda states that the Epiq will measure 4.1 meters in length and is expected to be priced around 25,000 Euros (approximately Rs 22.57 lakh) when launched in Europe. Following Skoda’s new Modern Solid design philosophy both inside and out, the Epiq represents the next level of modernity.

The Skoda Epiq Concept’s Exterior Features

Typical of pre-production concepts, showcase elements that may not make it to the final production model. The front end now features a sealed nose, with the signature Skoda butterfly grille modified and moved to the lower half of the front fascia. The vents accommodate electrical devices such as distance radar and a front camera.

Known as the Tech-Deck Face, the front end of the Epiq is adorned with bifunctional, T-shaped LED DRLs and indicators. The main headlamp clusters are situated lower on the front bumper, which boasts a striking spoiler painted in a distinctive dark chrome shade. The light modules sport a cubist-inspired design and incorporate Matrix LED technology.

The side profile of the Epiq is accentuated by a prominent high, sweeping tornado line that visually separates the greenhouse from the rest of the body. Squared wheel arches house aerodynamically optimized wheels. 

The low, gently sloping roofline seamlessly merges into a roof spoiler for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. At the rear, there’s a robust bumper and Škoda lettering in unique Dark Chrome on the tailgate.

The Skoda Epiq Concept’s Interior 

The Modern Solid theme continues inside the cabin of the Epiq concept. It features an open storage compartment with a wireless mobile phone charger in the free-floating center console. The 490-liter boot includes bag hooks, cargo elements, fastening hooks, and a hidden underfloor compartment.

Other visual highlights include a two-spoke steering wheel featuring the new Škoda lettering, physical buttons, and haptic scroll wheels with vibrant orange accents. 

The cabin also features a digital instrument console and a large floating touchscreen infotainment display. Additionally, the Epiq will boast a mobile digital key that can be controlled via smartphone to perform a wide range of functions.

The Skoda Epiq Concept’s Powertrain

The Skoda Epiq is anticipated to feature the same all-electric powertrain as the Volkswagen ID.2, which is built on the modular electric drive platform (MEB). 

While Skoda has not disclosed specific details about the powertrain, it is expected that the Epiq will offer a range of approximately 400 km on a single charge. 

It is likely to be offered exclusively as a front-wheel drive configuration for improved packaging.

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