Škoda has introduced a new generation of its already spacious SUV Superb with even more space, and a new electric plug-in hybrid powertrain with over 100km of range. And for the first time, the company will also be offering a mild hybrid version too.
The fourth generation of the model will be unveiled in November this year, marking 90 years since the launch of the historic first model. The Czech manufacturer said: “Like its predecessors, the new Superb combines a striking design concept with advanced technology. Safer and more spacious than ever before, the new model is ready to add another chapter to the Superb’s longstanding tradition at Škoda.”
The plug-in hybrid powertrain is reserved for the estate version, with a 110 kW 1.5 TSI engine now complementing its electric motor. The new maximum power output is 150kW, reaching the front wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. Compared to its predecessor, the high-voltage battery has grown by 12.7 kWh to 25.7 kWh, increasing the car’s purely electric range to more than 100 kilometres.
In addition, Škoda has increased the maximum charging rate at wall boxes and AC charging points from 3.6 to 11 kW, enabling the battery to be charged more quickly. The plug-in hybrid version also allows DC charging with a maximum charging rate of 50 kW. As before, charging is also possible at 2.3 kW from a 230-V household socket.
Meanwhile, the entry-level engine is a 1.5 TSI with mild-hybrid technology and an output of 110 kW. Both hybrid engines are part of Škoda’s new generation engines, running on the fuel-efficient Miller cycle and featuring a turbocharger.
Johannes Neft, Škoda Auto Board Member for Technical Development, said: “The Superb has traditionally been the standard bearer of the Škoda brand. This is why each new model generation has been accompanied by technological premieres for our brand. Four years ago the Superb iV plug-in hybrid signalled our clear commitment to electric mobility.
“The upcoming new generation takes the electrification of the drivetrain a step further, with an electric range increased to more than 100 kilometres and for the first time ever in a Superb mild-hybrid powertrain.”
And if the predecessor wasn’t spacious enough for you, this fourth-generation delivers “state-of-the-art” space and comfort inside. The new Superb is now even more spacious while also being safer than ever, courtesy of ten airbags, numerous assistance systems and a total of 28 Simply Clever features.
Škoda said that it has upgraded the brand’s signature design by introducing a number of sculptural lines. The model will be available as an elegant hatchback with a practical tailgate as well as an estate version.
The lighting design at the front and rear has become more dynamic in all new Superb versions, with crystalline LED-powered, almost three-dimensional looking head and tail lights.
The interior of the new Superb now showcases a combination of manual controls and touchscreen-based digital operation. The new infotainment display measures up to 12.9″, making it the largest display ever to appear in a Superb. The gearshift lever has been mounted directly on the steering column, putting it within easy reach. The centre console has also been redesigned and now has a very clean and uncluttered look.
And finally, it is longer and taller than its predecessor both in the hatchback and the estate version, while the wheelbase has remained unchanged. Headroom has grown considerably for all passengers and the luggage compartment holds a generous 645 litres in the hatchback and 690 litres in the estate version.
Oliver Stefani, Head of Škoda Design, said: “The Superb has traditionally represented the pinnacle of Škoda design. With its new sculptural lines and athletic proportions, the fourth generation is even more elegant, evocative and dynamic than its predecessor.
“Key updates include slimmer headlights and tail lights, which incorporate new crystalline elements creating a three-dimensional look. In the interior, the customer is the centre of attention and the Škoda Design team has combined the best of both worlds – manual and digital controls. Everything has been designed with the aim of further simplifying the overall user experience.”
The fourth generation of the Superb marks the first upgrade in eight years, with the previous generation having been in the market since February 2015.
Since the 2019 model update, there has also been a Superb iV, the first Škoda plug-in hybrid model. By the end of May 2023, Škoda had delivered a total of 805,000 vehicles of the third Superb generation to customers. It has also won a range of prestigious awards. In 2016, for example, the car received the renowned Red Dot Award for outstanding product design. To date, more than 1,560,000 Superbs of all generations have been sold worldwide.