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Hella develops illuminated radiator grill for the Skoda Enyaq iV

Hella has developed a comprehensive lighting package for the Skoda Enyaq iV, saying the main focus is on the dynamic illumination of the radiator grill.

The so-called ‘Crystal Face’ gives Skoda’s first all-electric SUV its distinctive appearance, shaping the EV’s characteristic look. The grill lighting has been available to customers since last autumn, initially as an optional extra.

In the RS and coupe versions, which are currently being launched, the illuminated radiator grill is integrated as standard.

Hella’s illuminated radiator grill features 131 individual LEDs that couple into a thick-walled EdgeLight light guide which 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.

Dr. Frank Huber, managing director responsible for Hella’s global lighting business said the illuminated radiator grill is “an absolute eye-catcher”. “This shows once again how important innovative lighting solutions are today for setting the scene for a car and creating emotions,” he said.

“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 produced at the lighting plant in Lippstadt, Germany. It was developed in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, 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 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 has also supplied the vehicle access system and radar sensors for Skoda’s electric SUV.