Skoda UK has opened the order books for the new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of Skoda’s third-generation Superb hatchback and estate.
In the new iV, the recently facelifted Superb now offers advanced tech and a low emission hybrid engine, and will be in UK showrooms later this month.
The Superb iV will be available in four trim levels with the plug-in hybrid powertrain: SE Technology developed with fleet customers in mind, the SE L, SportLine Plus, as well as the range topping Laurin & Klement.
The plug-in hybrid is named in recognition of Skoda’s new ‘iV’ sub-brand designated for its bold electrification plans.
The Superb iV features a 154hp turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 114hp electric motor, with power sent to the front wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The peak system outputs are 215hp and 400Nm of torque, with CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km.
The battery pack is located under the floor and ahead of the rear axle, which means a slight reduction in boot capacity – 485 litres for the hatchback and 510 litres for the estate, compared with 625 litres and 660 litres for petrol and diesel variants.
Skoda’s flagship doesn’t disappoint with its enhanced driver connectivity and assistance features. The new-look Superb iV is noticeable by its remodelled bumpers, wider grille, new full-LED matrix headlights with anti-dazzle, full-LED tail lights and dynamic indicators.
The sophisticated look continues inside, with the fleet-specific SE technology trim offering customers a leather interior and an eight-inch infotainment system screen. The Superb iV follows the new Scala and Kamiq by including the new third-generation infotainment system (MIB3). Featuring an in-built SIM card for data and wireless connection for SmartLink and Apple CarPlay, it provides real-time traffic information and online support, allowing route suggestions to be calculated more quickly and accurately.
Beyond the well-hidden charging port integrated into the front grille, there will be little to give away the Superb iV's part-electric status. The infotainment system can display information on battery status and electric range and additional controls for the various powertrain modes. It will also be possible to programme the PHEV's air-con to cool the cabin before the car is needed.
Skoda expects the Superb iV PHEV will be highly competitive in its increasingly crowded part of the market, taking up to 20% of Superb sales in the UK.