Refreshed executive hatchback will offer a plug-in hybrid option for the first time
Felix Page Autocar writer
7 May 2019

A new sketch released by Skoda previews the design of the facelifted Superb flagship ahead of a reveal later this month. 

The preview image hints at a subtle evolution of the Mazda 6 rival’s front fascia, which retains Skoda’s trademark grille design, alongside redesigned headlight clusters and a reworked lower bumper. 

Like the recently launched Scala hatchback, the revised Superb will feature the marque’s name in letters across its bootlid, in place of the Skoda emblem. 

More significant is the fact that the new Superb will be the first to offer a plug-in hybrid option, likely the same 1.4 TSI petrol-electric powertrain that features in the Volkswagen Passat GTE, with which it shares a platform.

In the similar-sized Passat, this hybrid set-up produces a combined 215bhp and can emit as little as 39g/km of CO2. Like the Passat, the Superb can be expected to run in electric-only mode for up to 31 miles. 

Inside, the Superb will benefit from similar interior revisions to those received by the Rapid-replacing Scala hatchback. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is likely to be made standard across the range, with an enhanced focus on simplicity and ergonomics differentiating the new model from its predecessor. 

Skoda’s revamped infotainment system will also feature, enabling over-the-air updates and new mobile app functions. Increased personalisation is likely, with Skoda currently offering new microfibre interior materials and backlighting lower down the range. 

Last year, Skoda design chief Oliver Stefani pledged to roll out a new, bolder design language for the Czech firm in the run-up to mass electrification of its line-up. 

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“Skoda values have always been functionality, usability and practicality,” he said. “We’d like to add more emotion.” 

The new Superb will be revealed in full during the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, of which Skoda is the long-standing main sponsor, in Bratislava later this month.

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7 May 2019

 Anyone else see BMW 6/8 series in this concept image....?

Peter Cavellini.

7 May 2019
My main criticism of the surperb is the prices they are far higher then the likes of the Mondeo and Insignia grand sport and after sitting in one I really couldn't tell why, I actually perfered the insignia interior and the Mondeo was better to drive.

7 May 2019

Wow this is radical NOT

7 May 2019
Antony Riley wrote:

Wow this is radical NOT

The delicious irony of using a cliche that a 12-year old might have hesitated to use 15 years ago, to complain about something not being radical. 

Anyway, looks good to me. But will it look like this in reality?

7 May 2019

Hi I read somewhere that the Surperb would have an electric range of 44 miles (claimed) and the new 1.5L engine

Richard

7 May 2019
I've read this too somewhere...and would make total sense

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/skoda/superb/105441/new-skoda-superb-15-tsi-2019-review

I am currently looking to move my 65 Plate Superb Estate L&K on soon and I am intrigued to see what is on offer with this (2nd) Facelifted model.

The one thing they didn't mention though will the PHEV be an 'engine choice' or will it be a stand-alone model ?, I hope it's the former ....

7 May 2019
ZenBass wrote:

The one thing they didn't mention though will the PHEV be an 'engine choice' or will it be a stand-alone model ?, I hope it's the former ....

It will be an engine choice available with different trims:

according to Auto Express, Skoda’s marketing boss Alain Favey said wrote:

the Superb PHEV will be the only hybrid in the range. He said: “It will be one powertrain, the hybrid, and it will be offered on different trims. Of course, electrified vehicles have a slightly higher price point, but we want to make it as accessible as possible so we think it’s good to offer this variation.”

8 May 2019

the sketch reveals very litle and what you see is ho hum- like any other car on the road. Why are cars styled so awfully?   This is merely another example.

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