2019 Skoda Superb facelift revealed – updated styling; new Scout variant; plug-in hybrid powertrain option

2019 Skoda Superb facelift revealed – updated styling; new Scout variant; plug-in hybrid powertrain option

Skoda has finally unveiled the facelifted Superb, which receives a number of subtle styling updates since the third-generation model made its debut way back in 2015. Revisions to the available equipment and powertrains are also part of the facelift, and the Czech carmaker also brought back a rugged estate version as an alternative to the regular sedan and estate body styles.

In terms of design changes, the Superb’s grille is now slightly larger, portrudes further down the bumper, and now features double slats. This results in an eight mm increase in length for the sedan (4,869 mm) and six mm for the Combi estate model (4,862 mm).

The matrix LED headlamps are new too, and they sport updated graphics and sequential turn signals. Below them, the slim LED fog lamps on the redesigned lower apron double as cornering lights. Around back, the Skoda badge has been replaced with lettering instead to ensure similarity with other models like the Kamiq. There’s also a full-width chrome trim that extends into the taillights.

The rugged estate version is called the Superb Scout, and it is essentially a successor to the Superb Outdoor that was offered with the second-generation model. Think of it like Skoda’s version of the Volvo V90 Cross Country, with plastic body cladding, a raised suspension (+15 mm) and underbody protection.

Moving inside, the primary revisions for the Superb are chrome highlights on the instrument panel and door trims, illuminated storage compartments, a digital insturment cluster display, updated infotainment systems, along with new upholstery options depending on the selected trim level – Ambition, Style, Sportline, and Laurin & Klement (L&K).

The L&K is considered the top trim level available to customers, and is available with an Alcantara roof lining, dedicated trim pieces and panels, trim-specific lettering and a Canton sound system. Additionally, it also gets chrome details on the exterior to make it out from a standard Superb.

Skoda also noted the Superb comes with “Simply Clever” solutions to make it more practical, adding on wireless phone charger and a Space Organiser below the false boot floor for the Combi model.

The latter can be supplemented with what it calls a Flexible Organiser to better partition the available boot space. Speaking of which, the Combi (and Scout) offers between 660 to 1,950 litres of cargo space, and the sedan between 625 to 1,760 litres.

2019 Skoda Superb facelift revealed – updated styling; new Scout variant; plug-in hybrid powertrain option

Engine options include three diesel TDI and three petrol TSI powerplants, all of which meet the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The TDI camp consists of the 1.6 litre (120 PS), 2.0 litre Evo (150 PS) and another 2.0 litre TDI (190 PS, 400 Nm) unit,

As for the petrol options, they include a 1.5 litre (150 PS) and a 2.0 litre in two states of tune (190 PS and 272 PS, 350 Nm). Available transmissions for these engines are a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch DSG, with all-wheel drive being an option (standard for the Scout) in place of the standard front-wheel drive.

For those who want something even more Earth-friendly, there’s the Superb iV that comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The system consists of a 1.4 litre TSI engine (156 PS), an electric motor (115 PS or 85 kW), a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery and six-speed DSG.

The total system output here is 218 PS and 400 Nm, with three drive modes on tap – Sport, E-mode and Hybrid. When running on electricity alone, the WLTP-rated range is up to 55 km, and up to 850 km when the petrol engine is brought into action.

Recharging the battery with a will take three and a half hours when the vehicle is plugged into a 3.6-kW wall box via the Type 2 connector located at the front grille. A smartphone app allows for pre-conditioning and other telematic functions to be performed.

There are some compromises with the plug-in hybrid model, and that is a smaller boot capacity due to the battery’s position on the chassis floor, just ahead of the rear axle. In the case of the sedan, the figure is down to 485 litres (with all seats in their normal position), and 510 litres in the estate.

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • Singarajah on May 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Even Skoda knows the world is moving towards Hybrid and EV. Infact, all car manufacturers are now fully moving towards EV

    By 2035, the whole of Europe will be fully EV. That is not long more. Just 15 years time.

    Car companies that are sleeping, please wake up. Then when nobody buys your outdated products because the whole world is already EV, you blame the world. You say rakyat not patriotic.

    How to export lagi? Whole world use EV and Hybrid….then you want to sell fossil fuel car.

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    • EDTIOR j on May 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Agreed Singarajah! We are waiting for Proton to launch the game Iriz EV but 6 years later, we are still waiting. Why does it took so long for Proton just to launch the Proton Iriz EV, Even the Iriz already got facelift. Better wait for Perodua to launch their game changing EV car, maybe the Myvi EV because Perodua is more trustable

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      • Shanti Jeremiah on May 24, 2019 at 4:44 pm

        Proton showcased Iriz EV 6 years ago. Then they asked Gomen for further billions grant to do more research.

        I dont know why. Cause Tesla is giving the blueprints and knowhow from A to Z on making a EV for FREE to anyone who wants it

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        • EDITOR on May 25, 2019 at 12:03 am

          You obviously have no idea what it takes to make an EV vehicle. You can’t make the whole car by only having half the plan for that car.

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        • Not rational on May 25, 2019 at 2:41 am

          Dude, you think spending billions to set up R&D and factories to produce EV a good idea when the demand is just not there yet? Heck, even Tesla is bleeding money since day one even though there are demands for EV in the US.

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      • EDITOR on May 25, 2019 at 12:02 am

        Iriz EV is ready and waiting for to enter production. So?

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      • Myvi Hybrid habuk pun tarak, nak harap Myvi EV pulak? Lawak-lawak! If Toyota want to give hybrid tech to Perodua, it would have done so long ago. The fact is Perodua is just a tool for Toyota to take advantage of ‘national carmaker’ status to sell us old techs at high price.
        Sometimes, I wonder how delusional can P2 fanbois can be to think they are equal partners with Toyota. News flash! You are not!

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      • ED1TOR on May 25, 2019 at 9:35 am

        I like your username!

        Yes, Iriz EV is game over car. It will not come out!!

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    • Fully Agreed! Perodua better wake up!

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  • Pahlawan Boo Gease on May 26, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Perodua Bezza PHEV please

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