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It's electrified! Skoda Superb facelift includes new iV PHEV

Published: 23 May 2019

► Skoda updates the Superb
► Mild facelift and tech update
► Plus, a new iV PHEV model

Skoda’s given its Superb range an update. There’s been a mild facelift, but a new model has joined the range - the Superb iV PHEV.

About that facelift…

Mild, isn’t it? Skoda says it’s ‘slightly modified’ the exterior and ‘refined’ the front section. That equates to redesigned bumpers, increasing the car’s length by 8mm, a slightly deeper grille and narrower headlights. Round the back, the Skoda badge has disappeared, replaced instead by a rather dodgily-kerned ‘S K O D A’ writ large across the tailgate. It’s mild, but keeps things up to date – plus, new LED Matrix headlights should make top-end models look particularly sharp.

Skoda Superb LK rear

Inside, Skoda’s added digital dials, a wireless charging pad, and a tray under the boot floor. There’s a trio each of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from a 118bhp 1.6-litre diesel up to a 268bhp 2.0-litre petrol. So far, so Skoda.

So, there’s a hybrid now?

There will be. The ‘iV’ badge has nothing to do with Roman numerals – instead, it’ll mark out electrified Skodas. The Superb is the first, and it’s a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).

Much like VW’s GTE and Audi’s lower-powered hybrid e-Tron models, it will mate a 1.4 TFSI petrol to an electric motor for a combined output of 215bhp and a chunky 295lb ft of torque. It’s not going to be a pocket rocket – remember that the Superb is about as spacious as an ocean liner – but there’s a Sport mode and six-speed DSG if you want things to get dynamic.

Skoda Superb Sportline interior

More importantly, CO2 emissions are less than 40g/km and the Superb iV is capable of up to 34 miles on its battery alone.

There’s a new honeycomb grille in the front bumper and iV badging, but that’s about it for distinguishing marks – even the charging socket’s hidden in the front grille. Weirdly, Skoda’s keeping two bits of useful tech exclusive to the Superb iV – a 360-degree camera system and Trailer assist, which seems best-suited to diesel-loving caravanners.

Stay tuned for pricing and an official release date.

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By Tom Wiltshire

Parkers Staff Writer, Cotswoldian, Peugeot enthusiast, SsangYong Turismo apologist

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