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Skoda Unveils Fourth-Generation Superb with Enhanced Plug-in Hybrid Technology

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Skoda has recently pulled the curtains back on the fourth generation of its Superb, available in both estate and saloon versions. The latest iteration, however, reserves the cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology exclusively for the Superb Combi model.

Taking cues from the ninth-generation Passat, unveiled in September, the Superb is set to feature the same advanced drive technology. The Passat B9, available exclusively as an estate, transitioned away from a saloon variant during a generation and plant changeover, relocating production from Emden to Bratislava. Although the Superb will continue offering a saloon model, it will not come equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in the new Superb generates 150 kW, offering a significant upgrade compared to its predecessor. The vehicle now incorporates a larger high-voltage battery with a gross capacity of 25.7 kWh, granting an all-electric range of over 100 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. This range exceeds the previous model by more than 40 kilometers. Charging options have also been enhanced, with an increased AC charging capacity of 11 kW and a future DC option expected to provide up to 50 kW, featuring Plug&Charge functionality. Notably, the 200 kW PHEV variant does not appear in Skoda’s press release for the new Superb.

In addition to the upgraded PHEV system, the Superb adopts various features from the Passat, including adaptive chassis control, offering a balanced blend of dynamics and comfort. The vehicle’s interior incorporates the latest infotainment generation.

In terms of dimensions, the Superb Combi stretches to a length of 4.90 meters, an increase of four centimeters compared to its predecessor. The width measures 1.85 meters, 1.5 centimeters narrower, and stands 1.48 meters tall, an increase of five millimeters. The wheelbase remains at 2.84 meters. The Combi’s luggage compartment capacity reaches 690 liters, 30 liters more than the previous version. The saloon version maintains the same width and height but gains slightly in length, reaching 4.91 meters due to a different rear bumper.

Johannes Neft, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development, expressed, “The all-new Superb will be more efficient than ever before in the history of the model range, thanks to a wide range of state-of-the-art powertrains. The new-generation plug-in hybrid drive delivers an all-electric range of over 100 kilometers.”

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