The Skoda Superb has been given a mild facelift with cosmetic tweaks and a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is a first for the Czech carmaker.
The 2020 Skoda Superb facelift comes with a sharper and cleaner design. The front fascia of the vehicle gets radical looks that are complemented by the new LED Matrix headlamps that were first seen with Audi cars. The sharp lines running across the bonnet and a sleek bumper ensure that the car is the most eye-catching feature. There is also a new front bumper that increases the length of the car by 8mm, to 4,869mm.
While in the rear, the updates make the new Superb more distinct, starting with the ‘winged arrow’ badge being replaced by ‘SKODA’ lettering on the tailgate. A chrome strip underneath that connects the full-LED taillamps that now include dynamic turn indicators like the ones seen on Audi models. Skoda has also fitted the Superb facelift with new designs for the 18- and 19-inch alloys.
Now lets move on towards the interior of the car, the car gets new upholstery options and some chrome bits for the centre console and dashboard. The seats can be wrapped in either leather or Alcantara and it also gets illuminated under-seat storage compartments. Now it comes with an optional bigger display for the infotainment system, button start standard across all variants, new chrome trim packages and wireless charging. In terms of driver assistance, Skoda has added predictive cruise control and a new emergency assist system. It also gets the new Area View feature that uses four cameras for a 360-degree view of the car to make it easier to park.
The refreshed Superb will also get a plug-in hybrid variant for the first time for international markets. At an event in Slovakia, Skoda unveiled the Superb alongside the pure-electric Citigo-e.
Engine options on the Superb include a 1.5-litre TSI engine that is good for 150 BHP and comes with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch AT. A 2.0-litre TSI engine is offered that produces 190 BHP and is mated to a DSG gearbox. The same 2.0-litre TSI engine can be had with 272 BHP with all-wheel drive and a DSG gearbox.
The most noteworthy powertrain option is the new PHEV option that Skoda has badged as the Superb iV. It uses the same setup as the Passat GTE and utilises a 1.4-litre TSI in combination with an electric motor and 13kWh battery which offers upto 55 kilometres of claimed all-electric range. The engine makes 156PS of power while the motor makes 115PS and the combined output is rated at 218PS. It comes mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic. In hybrid mode, the Superb iV has a claimed range of 850 kilometres on a full tank of petrol and a full battery. The only downside is the slight loss of luggage space because of the positioning of the battery pack in the Superb.