New Skoda Superb due in 2023
The fourth-generation Skoda Superb will be larger but sleeker than the current model
- Fourth-generation Skoda Superb will arrive by 2024
- Likely to get a new PHEV powertrains
- Will be larger than current model
The new Skoda Superb has been seen undergoing further testing ahead of its late 2023 or early 2024 release. The new Superb is expected to offer an evolutionary design and a mix of powertrains including one or more plug-in hybrid options.
Although exact dimensions have not been given, the car will be slightly larger than the current model making it more distinct in the range and creating a greater gap to the Skoda Octavia.
A fully camouflaged vehicle testing at altitude in estate form has been spotted in the latest round of testing. The masked front and rear conceal many of the details; however the large grille appears to remain a feature between the headlights; a common design feature of the Skoda brand.
The arrival of the all-new model is likely to coincide with the replacement for the current Volkswagen Passat. Spy shots of the prototype testing vehicle have caught the car testing its towing capability, which we expect to remain broadly similar to the existing model.
The new Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat are expected to be built on the ‘MQB’ platform that underpins several models within the Volkswagen group. The new Superb will face competition from cars including the Peugeot 508 when it arrives in 2024. It will be offered in both hatchback and estate versions, and a hot vRS may even join the lineup for the first time.
2024 Skoda Superb: design and dimensions
The next Superb is expected to receive a redesign to bring it into line with the latest versions of the Kodiaq, Fabia and Octavia, and our render images preview what it could look like.
At the front, it will get Skoda’s latest, wider grille design, along with slimmer headlights and a new look for the LED daytime running lights. The side profile of the hatch will be sleeker, with a coupe-like roofline, while the shape of the estate is likely to be very similar to the current model. Both variants will also have a far more prominent crease running the full length of the bodywork, giving the model a slightly wider look. The rear lights will take on a more angular and narrow appearance.
While the basic underpinnings will be the same as the old car, the prototypes spotted testing suggest the new Superb will be longer than the current model, with a longer wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) meaning it should be more spacious inside.
There will be a shift towards electrification for the new car, so it will get plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrains, which are likely to be more advanced versions of the 1.4-litre petrol-based system fitted in the current Superb. Options are likely to include an affordable entry-level version with a lower power output and a more powerful one for better performance. Upcoming plug-in hybrid models may have a larger battery than the current car, which would extend the pure-electric range beyond 30 miles.The PHEVs will especially suit company-car drivers, thanks to their low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.
The new Superb will also get the VW Group’s final generation of combustion engines, with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines available with front and four-wheel drive.
Interior and technology
The interior is likely to be less evolutionary in order to satisfy buyers keen to adopt the latest infotainment technology. Parts-sharing with VW could see the adoption of a similar digital instrument panel and touchscreen to the current Volkswagen Golf but some physical controls could remain. The group has also announced it aims to share software across the brands, albeit with different graphics for each one. This will place greater emphasis on connected services that provide live traffic and information updates, as well as over-the-air software updates.
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