Skoda, yesterday, revealed a mid-life update for its flagship sedan, the Superb. This sees it get new technology, some design elements, driver assistance features and interior bits. It’s a planned update for the sedan and had been in the pipeline for a while. However, the bits we are more interested in are the two new versions of the Superb- the plugin hybrid iV model and a Scout version.
Skoda had announced a while ago that it would launch a new e-mobility brand called iV and the first car off it would be a plugin hybrid version of the Superb. Well, here it is and it looks just like the regular Superb at first glance. And that’s because Skoda has not changed anything about the appearance apart from some badges, interior trim and the design of the alloy wheels. A rather telling clue of this car’s hybrid origins is a charging port on the front grille. There’s a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 37 Ah battery and 13 kWh of energy: the car’s CO2 emissions are less than 40 g/km and the all‑electric range is up to 55 km (in the WLTP cycle). They have a combined output of 216bhp.
The Superb Hybrid will be made available for the European markets in early 2020 in the Ambition, Style, Sportline as well as L&K trim levels. It will be produced at Skoda’s Kvasiny plant that is currently undergoing redevelopment to start producing EVs and hybrids.
Skoda, for the first time, has added a Scout model to the Superb range. As is the case with the other Scout models, this too is based upon the estate version of the Superb and gets Skoda’s rough road package as well as the familiar Scout body kit.
Matching the black body kit are a few bright paint schemes and an alloy wheel design very similar to the ones found on the Kodiaq and Karoq. It's standard Skoda Superb flair inside too with wood inserts and scout badging and stitching all around. Skoda is offering the Superb Scout with either a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol. Both get a seven-speed DSG and AWD system as standard offering.