Škoda introduced at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show its first production plug-in hybrid model, the Škoda Superb iV.
Just like the Superb is directly related to the Passat, the Superb iV is directly related to the Passat GTE (the 2nd model evolution) with the same 13 kWh battery and up to 56 km (34.8 miles) of all-electric range under WLTP test cycle.
Market launch of the Superb iV is scheduled for early 2020 with sedan and combi versions. Production will take place at Kvasiny plant in Czech Republic.
Škoda Superb iV specs:
- 13.0 kWh battery
- up to 56 km (34.8 miles) of WLTP range and total range of 850 km (528 miles)
- system output: 160 kW (218 PS) from 1.4 TSI gasoline turbocharged engine (110 kW / 150 PS) and 85 kW / 115 PS electric motor
- 3.6 kW on-board charger (full recharge in around 3.5 hours)
Gallery: Škoda Superb iV
Gallery: Škoda Superb iV at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show
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ŠKODA SUPERB iV: the first ŠKODA plug-in hybrid
Recuperation recovers energy allowing destinations to be reached purely electrically
The electric motor is powered by a modern, high-voltage lithium-ion battery. This is compactly integrated into the chassis floor, directly in front of the rear axle, and has a capacity of 37 Ah as well as 13 kWh of energy. The battery can be charged using a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW in 3 hours 30 minutes, or in 6 hours using a standard 2.3-kW household plug socket. Whilst in motion, the ŠKODA SUPERB iV can charge its battery or maintain the battery level using the petrol engine; energy is also recovered while braking thanks to recuperation. This means there is always enough power available to cover a longer journey’s ‘last mile’ electrically and without producing any emissions – in urban low-emission areas, for example.
Redesigned front apron with a honeycomb texture
From the outside, the SUPERB plug-in hybrid can be identified by an iV badge on the rear for example; the connector for charging the battery using a fast charger or a cable for standard plug sockets is hidden behind a flap on the radiator grille. The new front apron features an air inlet with a honeycomb texture and what are known as Air Curtains. The polished 17-inch Stratos alloy wheels or the new, optional 19-inch Vega Aero alloy wheels emphasise the SUPERB iV’s elegant appearance.
Plenty of space and specific details in the interior
The ŠKODA SUPERB iV features a multifunctional Maxi DOT colour display as standard, whilst the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit is available as an option. There are two buttons in the centre console for the E-mode and SPORT mode. As standard, the SUPERB also comes with decorative front and rear door sill trims as well as cargo fasteners and coverable compartments in the spacious boot that has a capacity of 485 l, or 510 l in the SUPERB iV COMBI. The hatchback’s external dimensions are identical to those of the other SUPERB models: 4,869 mm long, 1,864 mm wide and with a height of 1,469 mm. Its wheelbase measures 2,841 mm. With a length of 4,862 mm and a height of 1,477 mm, the SUPERB iV COMBI is 7 mm shorter and 8 mm higher.
Always online thanks to built-in eSIM
ŠKODA has equipped its SUPERB iV with the new, third generation of the modular infotainment matrix. The Amundsen navigation system sporting an 8-inch screen comes as standard, whilst the Columbus version boasting a 9.2-inch display, gesture control and a customisable home screen is optional. Up to four USB ports are available: a USB Type-C socket in the centre console and a Type-A port in the Jumbo Box are included as standard; two additional Type-C sockets in the back are part of the optional Rear package. The latest SmartLink technology enables smartphone apps to be accessed wirelessly via the display in the vehicle (only for Apple CarPlay). A built-in eSIM with an included data allowance provides a permanent Internet connection, allowing for real-time traffic information, for example, or quicker and more accurate route calculations that are backed by online data. Infotainment apps such as a weather or news app, which also draw on the car’s data allowance, can be accessed directly via the central display.
Specific to the SUPERB iV, the all-electric and maximum range, energy flow or specific ŠKODA Connect services are shown on the central display. In addition, a smartphone can be used to view the battery’s status or remotely operate the air conditioning. The battery can also be automatically charged or the car cooled ahead of a planned journey.
Two exclusive assistance systems
The ŠKODA SUPERB iV comes with the option of two additional assistance systems – the only ones of their kind in the model range. Trailer Assist helps the driver when reversing as well as parking the car and a trailer. The display shows a diagram of both the car and trailer, and the system takes over the steering. Area View uses four cameras to provide the driver with a 360-degree panoramic view, making it easier to park or manoeuvre in narrow streets or multi-storey car parks.