Skoda has unveiled a new plug-in hybrid version of its range-topping Superb model.
The model – known as the Superb iV – has been long-rumoured to be Skoda’s first plug-in hybrid model, but it has now been officially revealed alongside the facelifted version of the regular Superb and also the Czech manufacturer’s first electric car – the Citigo iV.
The plug-in Superb uses the same powertrain as the Volkswagen Golf GTE and Passat GTE, albeit an updated version, which can now travel further on electric power.
A combination of a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor produce 215bhp and 400Nm of torque, with three driving modes – Sport, Hybrid and E-mode – available to use, depending on driving style. Power is delivered via a six-speed automatic DSG transmission.See Available Skoda deals
The plug-in Superb is able to travel up to 34 miles on electric power alone, and using both power sources, a range of nearly 530 miles is possible. No fuel economy figures have been confirmed, although Skoda is promising low CO2 emissions under 40g/km.
The use of ‘iV’ establishes Skoda’s new electric sub-brand (in a similar sense to Volkswagen’s ID brand), with the model coming with specific ‘iV’ elements, such as the touchscreen, which is able to provide information on the battery charge status, and unique buttons for the E-mode and Sport functions.
An e-Manager app can also cool or heat the car remotely. Features such as Trailer Assist and a 360-degree panoramic camera are also exclusive to the iV, which is expected to sit near to the top of the hatchback and saloon’s range.
As with the rest of the Superb range, the new model features a revised look, with new Matrix LED lighting and further safety assistance features to showcase the Superb’s flagship status in the range.