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HELLA sets the face of the Škoda Enyaq iV with an illuminated radiator grill

Date: Tuesday 12 April 2022

HELLA, the international automotive supplier, has developed a comprehensive lighting package for the Enyaq iV together with its manufacturer Škoda. The main focus is on the dynamic illumination of the radiator grill. The so-called "Crystal Face" gives Škoda's first all-electric SUV its distinctive appearance, shaping the electric vehicle's characteristic look. The grill lighting has been available to customers since autumn 2021, initially as an optional extra. In the RS and coupe versions, which are currently being launched, the illuminated radiator grill is integrated as standard.

"Together with Škoda, we have developed a comprehensive, highly complex vehicle lighting concept. Above all, the illuminated radiator grill is an absolute eye-catcher and undoubtedly the central trademark of the Enyaq iV," says Dr. Frank Huber, managing director responsible for HELLA's global lighting business. "This shows once again how important innovative lighting solutions are today for setting the scene for a car and creating emotions. This makes sophisticated car body lighting a key design element and differentiation aspect. As a leading supplier of automotive lighting technology, we are consistently driving this trend forward."

The illuminated radiator grill is realised by 131 individual LEDs that couple into a thick-walled EdgeLight light guide and illuminate the 18 vertical ribs and a horizontal band of the grill. Together with the surface texture of the ribs, this creates the crystal effect. While driving, the dynamic grill lighting supports the functionalities of the main headlamp and illuminates the road area. When opening and closing the vehicle, it also implements coming-home and leaving-home animations.

The illuminated radiator grill is produced at the lighting plant in Lippstadt. It was developed in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the HELLA location acts as a global competence centre for Car Body Lighting. In addition to the grill lighting, the comprehensive lighting package that HELLA has put into series production for the Škoda Enyaq iV also includes front and rear lighting. Depending on the version, this also includes sophisticated matrix LED headlamps and full LED rear combination lamps that also implement dynamic lighting functions. In addition, HELLA also supplied the vehicle access system and radar sensors for the electric SUV.