Skoda Superb Mk4 upgrades technology and introduces powerful PHEV variant
【Summary】The fourth-generation Skoda Superb has gained in-car technology and a stronger plug-in hybrid model. The new model features a larger touchscreen infotainment system, a digital instrument cluster, and a head-up display. The plug-in hybrid variant, known as the Superb iV, has a 1.5-liter TSI engine and a more powerful electric motor, with an all-electric range of over 62 miles.
The fourth-generation Skoda Superb has undergone some changes, although they may not be immediately noticeable. The bodywork of the Mk4 is longer and taller than its predecessor, offering more space for passengers and an even larger boot. The Hatchback version is 4,912mm long and 1,481mm tall, while the Estate is 4,902mm long and 1,482mm tall. Both versions are 15mm narrower, but the wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,841mm. The Superb also boasts additional headroom and increased boot capacity.
Despite the minimal changes to its appearance, the Mk4 Superb is more aerodynamic than the previous model. The Hatch has a coefficient of drag figure of 0.23, making it ten percent more slippery, while the Estate has a figure of 0.25, representing a 15 percent improvement. Skoda was hesitant to make drastic aesthetic changes due to the success of the Mk3 Superb, which sold over 1.6 million units. The UK market alone accounted for more than 57,000 sales.
The new Superb features Skoda's new corporate 'octagonal' grille and LED Matrix headlights with improved illumination. It also offers a spacious and technologically advanced cabin, equipped with a large touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The interior uses sustainable materials and includes 28 'Simply Clever' features designed to enhance convenience. The flagship L&K model offers luxurious features such as cognac leather upholstery.
The Superb Mk4 is available with six powertrain options, including petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid variants. The mild-hybrid version combines a 1.5-litre TSI engine with a 48-volt belt-driven starter-generator and a lithium-ion battery. The plug-in hybrid model, known as the Superb iV, has a 1.5-litre TSI engine, a more powerful electric motor, and a larger battery pack. It offers an extended all-electric range of over 62 miles and supports fast charging.
The Superb Mk4 also offers various engine options, including 2.0-litre TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines with different power outputs. The lower-powered versions are front-wheel drive, while the higher-powered variants feature all-wheel drive. The new model also includes advanced driver assist safety technology and optional adaptive dampers.
Pricing and specifications for the UK market have yet to be announced. There is speculation about the possibility of a V6 engine option for the Superb Mk4, as well as the potential for more powerful variants with PHEV technology. Skoda aims to offer a refined design, spaciousness, and cutting-edge technology with the fourth-generation Superb.
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