Skoda Superb gets new look, improved cabin and six powertrain options
The range-topping plug-in hybrid Superb iV is said to deliver 60 miles of electric range from a 25.7kWh battery
Skoda has unveiled the fourth generation of its Superb, which is said to focus on style, sustainability and efficiency.
Externally, the Superb features a more evolved version of the brand's Modern Solid design language, with a new octagonal grille, slimmer headlights with Matrix LED technology, and a shallower windscreen rake. The car also rides on a choice of 17 to 19-inch wheels.
The cabin has been redesigned with a new 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system on top models and a 10-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster. Skoda has also added three Smart Dials for heating and ventilation, plus a cooling device which is said to prevent a phone from overheating on the car’s built-in charging pad.
While it might not be immediately apparent, both the hatch and estate versions have subtly increased in length and height compared to their predecessors, resulting in improved interior space.
The boot capacity has also expanded, with the hatch now offering an extra 20 litres (reaching 645 litres) and the Estate gaining 30 litres (now at 690 litres), which can further expand to 1,920 litres when the seats are folded down.
In addition, the new Superb now comes with a host of new driver assistance systems, including Crew Protect Assist, Travel Assist, and Intelligent Park Assist. Ergo seats with a 10-point massage function are available, as are sustainable materials throughout the cabin.
In terms of powertrains, Skoda looks to be diverging from the current trend on the engine front, eschewing a fully-electric Superb and instead providing two diesel and petrol options. The lineup commences with a 1.5-liter mild-hybrid petrol producing 148bhp.
Following that, there are two 2.0-liter petrol engines, one with 201bhp and another with 262bhp, with the latter variant featuring four-wheel drive.
The two 2.0-liter diesel engine options deliver either 148bhp or 190bhp, once again, with the more potent variant offering all-wheel drive.
The range-topping Superb iV meanwhile in the plug-in hybrid model, which pairs the 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 201bhp. Skoda says its 25.7kwh battery can deliver a range of over 60 miles on electricity alone, and can be charged from 10-80 percent in 25 minutes via a 50kW charger.
Every Superb model includes a DSG automatic transmission.
Full pricing and availability for the new Skoda Superb will be announced later in the year, though is expected to kick off from around £35,000 when it goes on sale in January 2024.