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New 2019 Skoda Superb: prices and specs announced

Pricing for the updated Skoda Superb range has been announced, with the base model to start from £24,655

Skoda has announced the facelifted Superb will start from £24,655. The Czech brand’s flagship model has been handed a mid-life refresh with a minor cosmetic overhaul, updated mechanicals borrowed from the latest Volkswagen Passat and, from 2020, a new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Styling updates for the standard Superb include new LED Matrix headlights, a remodelled radiator grille and a fresh front bumper. Tweaked rear lamps and new chrome boot-lid trim also feature alongside new spaced letter badging on the tailgate. Inside, a retrimmed interior adopts the VW Group’s latest digital gauge cluster and infotainment setups.

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The biggest change for the new Superb is its adoption of plug-in hybrid technology for the first time. The plug-in Superb, called Superb iV, will arrive in 2020 using the same drivetrain as the Volkswagen Passat GTE. It's a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor for a combined output of 215bhp and 400Nm of torque.

Skoda claims the Superb PHEV will have combined CO2 emissions ratings as low as 40g/km, while its 13kWh battery pack offers an all-electric range of 34 miles. The Czech firm is yet to provide official economy figures, but it has revealed that its new PHEV drivetrain will give the Superb a maximum range of 528 between refueling if the battery pack is kept charged.

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From launch, four engines will be available with buyers given the choice of two petrol and two diesel units. The petrol range is based on a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, available in two states of tune.

The 188bhp variant has a starting price of £30,575, while the more potent 268bhp petrol unit carries a price-tag of £38,470. Both engines can only be specced with a seven-speed DSG, while the latter unit comes as standard with all-wheel-drive.

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The Superb’s diesel range opens with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit, producing 118bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s offers claimed fuel economy figures of 44.8mpg and can only be had with a seven-speed DSG and front-wheel-drive.

A turbocharged 188bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel is also available, priced from £32,140. It’s only available with a DSG, although buyers can choose from either front- or four-wheel-drive, with the latter carrying a £1,560 premium over the former.

Later this year, the Superb range will expand with a 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit, producing 250Nm of torque, and a lesser-powered 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 148bhp and 340Nm.

Skoda offers six trim-levels on the new Superb. The entry level S model comes as standard with LED headlights, a touchscreen infotainment system and smartphone connectivity. SE models start at £26,165 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and electrically folding door mirrors.

SE L models start from £30,575, adding 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, leather upholstery, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, full Matrix LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and an Amundsen infotainment system with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.

SportLine Plus models start at £34,295 and come with 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black sports styling and an updated rear diffuser. Inside, it gets a pair of Alcantara-trimmed sports seats, black headlining, an electrically operated boot, a sports steering wheel and a 9.2-inch infotainment system.

Heading the Superb range is the Laurin & Klement model. Priced from £35,240, the flagship variant features unique 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, three-zone climate control, a premium sound system, a digital instrument cluster, lane keeping assist, parking assist and a rear view parking camera.

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