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