Skoda Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Superb Will Be Automaker’s First Of Several Upcoming Electric Vehicles

NOV 22 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 10

Skoda, one of several brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, has confirmed that its first plug-in offering will be a plug-in hybrid version of its popular Superb.

The PHEV Superbe will launch in 2019 and it’ll be the first of several plug-ins to come from Skoda.

Skoda Superb Wagon

Skoda Superb Wagon

Skoda will borrow VW Group technology for the upcoming plug-in Superb. More specifically, the Superb will utilize much of the hardware found in the PHEV Volkswagen Passat GTE.

Skoda boss Bernhard Maier stated:

“We will start with the Superb as it has the strongest following in China, which is where we anticipate the greatest demand coming from.”

“Some will say we are late to the market, but actually we see 2019 as being a point where demand for such cars will actually start to build to a level that is strong enough to bring down costs.”

“As a brand, Skoda does not need to be first to market – it needs to offer technology people want at a price they can afford. That is why 2019 is our target.”

“I cannot tell you much, but I promise this all-new car will be awesome. The advantages of lots of space in a smaller footprint play to Skoda’s strengths for offering good value.”

The Superb, like dozens of other upcoming electric cars from Volkswagen Group, will ride on the MEB platform, but it will be unique to Skoda.

Hopefully, the PHEV version will be offered as both a sedan and a wagon as is the case with the current conventional Superb.

Source: Autocar

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10 Comments on "Skoda Confirms Plug-In Hybrid Superb Will Be Automaker’s First Of Several Upcoming Electric Vehicles"

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Also… It would be the first Skoda that won’t have soot, smoke and the smell of thick NOx coming out of it.

VW with a different label.

Another Euro point of view

Indeed but probably for the best. When dealing with German technology I often get annoyed by over engineering, making it either complicated to interact with or adding unreliability. I often drove Skoda’s and felt they took the best out of German technology (engine & handling) while not falling into the over engineering trap. In short, those cars are as sharp as Audi’s but without the expensive & rather useless cow bell.

Have you been near a Škoda the last 15 years? They’re no different than other VW’s in drivetrain or quality, just 20% cheaper, and lacking in the cowbells.

Volkswagen AG wrote the book with badge engineering and platform sharing. Where else would one get an Audi vehicle that shares the same platform with a Skoda vehicle?

Not that they even use “platforms” anymore, it’s all about “Architecture” now.

Wouldn’t it be the MQB? The MEB will be purely electric, while the MQB will keep the PHEVs.

The news was expected: The plan was reported on 6 months ago, and Maier explained a couple of years ago, Škoda, like all European vendors, would have to go electric due to emissions standards; the challenge Škoda in particular faces is managing to do so on low-cost cars. If this materializes, it’s very good news for the EV segment, since it means all carmakers will be able to do the same.

Incidentally, re BEVs, he’s said that currently they’re only relevant for Škoda for city cars, since otherwise the battery gets too expensive.

Yes it was expected, sadly the Superb is one of the more expensive Skoda (think 26.000+ €) out there.

Maybe Skoda is the first brand that will offer a decent station wagon. That would be awesome.

But in comperison to the other cars in it’s segment the Superb is quite value for the money.
If you take the technial brother the VW Passat, that is at least 3000€ more expesive eventhough it is quite smaller in the interior.
So if they manage to keep the price for the PHEV under 30k€ it would be a huge step in the right direction.
Perhaps a longer travelling distance on pure EV then the 30km you get today and much would be accomplished.

I recently bought a Superb and the name says it all. It is responsive, cavernous and economical. I’ll look forward to a hybrid in the future.