Skoda has unveiled the all-new fourth-generation Superb liftback sedan and estate, offering various powertrain options, including diesel and plug-in hybrid choices, depending on the specific market.
This fourth-generation Superb might potentially be Skoda’s last new internal-combustion engine (ICE) car in certain regions, as the brand is shifting toward exclusively electric vehicles by 2030. However, it’s not confirmed whether all current ICE models will transition to electric in their next generations.
In terms of performance details, Skoda has not yet provided specifics, but it’s anticipated that the new Superb will offer similar straight-line performance as its predecessor. For instance, the previous 218hp Superb iV plug-in hybrid achieved a 0-100kph time of 7.3 seconds.
The exterior design of the new Superb has evolved with subtle yet noticeable changes. It features a more pronounced shoulder line and angular LED headlights, aligning with Skoda’s Modern Solid design language. Skoda emphasizes the importance of aerodynamics, claiming a 10 percent reduction in drag for the sedan and 15 percent for the estate.
The new Superb is slightly longer and taller than its predecessor, with varying dimensions depending on the body type. However, both the sedan and estate are slightly narrower. Despite this, the luggage capacity has increased, with the sedan offering 645 litre and the estate providing 690 litre.
Inside the Superb, it shares a similar design with its SUV counterpart, the Skoda Kodiaq, featuring a trio of ‘smart dial’ controls on the dashboard, which can be customized to manage various functions. Additionally, there are physical buttons for essential controls on the center console and steering wheel. The infotainment system is displayed on a central touchscreen, available in 10 or 13-inch sizes, depending on the specification.
Skoda emphasizes sustainability, with all interior textiles being 100 percent recycled. They also offer a ‘cognac’ brown leather option that’s tanned using waste water from olive processing. The interior boasts several ‘simply clever’ features for added convenience, such as a parking ticket clip, a rear-view mirror with a USB port, and storage for high-visibility vests in the doors.
Skoda has revealed the global engine lineup for the new Superb. It includes a 150hp mild-hybrid 1.5-litre petrol engine and non-electrified 204hp and 265hp 2.0-litre petrol options. Diesel variants come in both two-wheel-drive (150hp) and four-wheel-drive (193hp) versions. The top-of-the-line plug-in hybrid pairs a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a total output of 204hp sent to the front wheels. The electric power is sourced from a 25.7kWh battery that can be fast-charged at rates up to 50kW, allowing a 10-80 percent charge in 25 minutes according to Skoda.
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