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Plug-in hybrid Skoda Superb revealed

Date: 24 May 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A plug-in hybrid powertrain is to be made available with the Skoda Superb. 

The powertrain will pair a 156hp, 1.4-litre petrol engine with a 116hp electric motor, combining for a maximum output of 218hp, to be sent to the wheels via a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.

Skoda says the plug-in hybrid Superb - badged iV - will have an electric driving range of up to 34 miles on the WLTP cycle, and CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km.

The 13kWh battery will be chargeable in three and a half hours using a 3.6kW wall box.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain - the first of its kind to be fitted to a Skoda - will be available with the Ambition, Style, Sportline and L&K equipment grades.

It will be distinguishable from the regular range thanks to an iV badge and a redesigned bumper, while a sound generator will also be fitted to warn pedestrians and cyclists of its approach when running in electric mode. 

Production will begin in the autumn this year, with the model arriving early in 2020. 

Skoda has also announced a facelift for the regular Superb range. 

Updates include: matrix LED headlights, a redesigned front grille and bumper, and two new driver assistance systems - predictive cruise control and emergency assist for multi-lane roads, with the latter capable of steering the car to the roadside and stopping in an emergency. 

Interior trim options have also been revised.