Škoda’s first albeit semi-electric vehicle is up for order. The books are now open in the UK for the Superb iV, starting with a price of £31,970. The plug-in hybrid comes in one of four trim variants and is set to hit UK showrooms this month.
The PHEV was initially presented last March when the company also announced the technical specifications. Production at the Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic started in autumn last year, while the promised market launch set for the beginning of 2020 seems to be working out just fine.
The vehicle is powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor, which jointly produce a system output of 160 kW (218 PS). The electric range is estimated up to 56 kilometres (35 miles) according to the WLTP cycle.
Regarding their promise that “the PHEV will be highly competitive in its increasingly crowded part of the market and is anticipated to constitute up to 20% of sales in the UK”, the pricing seems on point for the UK consumer market. The company’s first fully electric model, the Citigo is also well underway in terms of production and first deliveries took place at the end of last year.
Volkswagen recently experienced a setback when their small cars were downgraded on crash tests, largely due to the fact that AEB emergency brake assistant is no longer part of standard equipment – this includes the Škoda Citigo. With their target of having 10 electrified models available by 2022, the Czech company from the Volkswagen group has got their work cut out for them.
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