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.

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.

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.

Do you like the Skoda Superb's new look? Let us know in the comments…

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