New Skoda Superb to be available as PHEV again
The new Superb adopts the advanced drive technology from the ninth-generation Passat, which was presented in September. The Passat B9 is now only available as an estate; the saloon was dropped during the generation and plant changeover (from Emden to Bratislava). The Superb will still be available as a saloon in the future, but not as a plug-in hybrid.
The PHEV has an output of 150 kW and, thanks to a larger high-voltage battery with a gross capacity of 25.7 kWh, enables a purely electric range of over 100 kilometres in the WLTP cycle, over 40 kilometres more than in the predecessor model. The AC charging capacity increases to 11 kW, and there will even be a DC option with up to 50 kW – later also with Plug&Charge. However, the 200 kW PHEV variant is probably not planned by Skoda, as it is not mentioned in the press release for the new Superb.
In addition to the new PHEV with a 1.5-litre petrol engine instead of the previous 1.4-litre unit, the Superb also adopts other new features from the Passat, such as adaptive chassis control for a greater spread between dynamics and comfort. The latest infotainment generation is also used in the interior.
Briefly about the dimensions: The Superb Combi is 4.90 meters long, four centimetres longer than before. At 1.85 meters, it is 1.5 centimetres narrower and, with a height of 1.48 meters, five millimetres higher than before. The wheelbase is 2.84 meters. The luggage compartment capacity of the Combi is 690 litres, 30 litres more than before. The saloon is the same width and height, but slightly longer at 4.91 meters due to the different bumper at the rear.
“The all-new Superb will be more efficient than ever before in the history of the model range, thanks to a wide range of state-of-the-art powertrains,” says Johannes Neft, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development. “The new-generation plug-in hybrid drive delivers an all-electric range of over 100 kilometres.”
It will be some time before Skoda has an electric estate – as announced by parent company VW this week with the ID.7 Tourer. The brand is not planning an all-electric estate until 2026.