Gentle updates give Skoda’s flagship hatch a refreshed look; Seat Leon Cupra 290 unit to be added

The Skoda Superb will be facelifted in 2017, and these spy pictures offer a first glimpse of the changes to come.

The flagship hatchback has only been on sale for a year, so the aesthetic updates it gets for 2017 will be minor. However, as the photographed test car shows, there will be a restyled nose with a new front grille that features a centre section and smoother bumper design.

There look to be even fewer changes at the rear, but the presence of camouflage on this test car suggests there the bumper’s design will receive some adjustments.

Inside, the 2017 Superb’s cabin and dash layout will be the same, but its infotainment system will likely sit within a plusher-looking display surround – as previewed by the new Kodiaq – that swaps grey plastic buttons for piano black touch sensitive ones.

Skoda has remained tight-lipped on what, if any, technical changes will be made to the car. Our sources think that the third-generation model’s young age means the facelift will most likely retain the current car’s full line up of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, but power will almost certainly be increased in the range-topper.

The current top-spec car uses four-wheel-drive and features the 276bhp powertrain of the Seat Leon Cupra 280. The facelifted car should inherit the uprated turbocharged 2.0-litre unit of the Cupra 290, which produces 286bhp.

Like the current model, a hatch and estate model will be offered, marketed as the Combi.

No arrival date for the updated Superb has been revealed, but our sources are confident the updates will come as part of a 2017 refresh.

Despite its comparably low-production models in Skoda’s line-up, demand for the brand’s flagship model has grown since the arrival of the new car. Global sales for 2015 (which admittedly included the old model) were up by a substantial 39.6% compared to the year before. 

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31 August 2016
Nice big car, hatchback versatility.

31 August 2016
What does 'testfahrt' mean? :D

31 August 2016
In Sweden we have "farthinder" which basically means, reduce your fart or more commonly, reduce your speed. So, it probably means "test speed". I love the way Swedes use the word "fart".

31 August 2016
rybo1 wrote:

In Sweden we have "farthinder" which basically means, reduce your fart or more commonly, reduce your speed. So, it probably means "test speed". I love the way Swedes use the word "fart".

In the early 70s my dad had a run of NSUs, at least one of which said "fahrt start" by the ignition key slot

31 August 2016
You've obviously broken your Google because that would tell you but it's just the German for test drive.

31 August 2016
Nice set of wheels.

31 August 2016
Why is this being facelifted so soon after it went on sale? I'd be pretty annoyed if I'd bought one, regardless of how minor the updates may be.

1 September 2016
doubt it's a facelift already

1 September 2016
There is no change to the grill, I have a 2016 L&K model and the centre of the grill is exactly the same

A quick google of images will show this

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