New 2019 Skoda Superb facelift revealed with plug-in hybrid option

A revised version of the range-topping Skoda Superb saloon and estate has been revealed, and it's now available as a plug-in hybrid

The Skoda Superb has been handed a mid-life refresh with a minor cosmetic overhaul, updated mechanicals borrowed from the latest Volkswagen Passat and a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. 

Styling updates for the standard Superb include new LED Matrix headlights, a remodelled radiator grille and a fresh front bumper. Tweaked rear lamps and new chrome boot-lid trim also feature alongside new spaced letter badging on the tailgate. Inside is a retrimmed interior which adopts the VW Group’s latest digital gauge cluster and infotainment setups. 

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The biggest change for the 2019 Superb is its adoption of plug-in hybrid technology for the first time. The plug-in Superb, called Superb iV, uses the same drivetrain as the Volkswagen Passat GTE. It’s a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor and 13kWh battery for a combined output of 215bhp.

Skoda claims less 40g/km of CO2, while its battery pack offers an all-electric range of 34 miles. The Czech firm is yet to provide official economy figures, but it has revealed that its new PHEV drivetrain will give the Superb a maximum range of 528 between refueling if the battery pack is kept charged.

The socket for the charging cable is located behind a flap integrated into the radiator grille. The battery can also be topped up by the petrol engine, or through recuperating energy during braking.  

The hybrid Superb iV features three driving modes. The Sport mode combines both battery and petrol power for maximum power output, delivering 215bhp and 400Nm of torque, while E-mode relies strictly on battery power. Hybrid mode is the default setting and cuts between the electric motor and combustion engine.

The integration of the hybrid powertrain impacts practicality. The Superb iV in saloon aping hatchback form boasts a 485 litre boot, while the Estate version fields 510 litres of room by default. Skoda will offer the powertrain across several of the model’s trims, with the final UK line-up yet to be outlined.

The rest of the Superb line-up inherits conventional engines from the Passat, with a range comprising three petrol and three diesel options. Entry level models will come with a six-speed manual transmission, while the most powerful versions will be fitted with a seven-speed DSG and a four-wheel-drive system. 

Skoda’s updated Superb range opens with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s available exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox and offers a 0–62mph time of 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 135mph.

A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol is also available in two states of tune. The lower-powered variant produces 188bhp and 250Nm of torque, while the range-topping petrol has 268bhp and 350Nm of torque. Both engines can only be specced with a seven-speed DSG, while the latter unit comes as standard with all-wheel-drive. 

The Superb’s diesel range opens with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit, producing 118bhp and 250Nm of torque. It offers claimed fuel economy figures of 44.8mpg and can only be had with a seven-speed DSG and front-wheel-drive.

Two turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels are also available. The mid-range model produces 148bhp and 340Nm of torque, while the range-topper has 188bhp and 400Nm. The former is exclusively available in front-wheel-drive and can be had with either a manual or a DSG. The latter is only available with a DSG, although buyers can choose from either front- or four-wheel-drive.

LED matrix headlights are available on a Skoda for the first time, while the Superb also gains the option of a fully-digital instrument cluster. 

Prices and specifications will be outlined closer to the facelifted car going on sale in Britain this September, with the plug-in hybrid Superb iV set to follow in 2020.

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