New Skoda Superb spotted ahead of 2023 debut
Spy shots show next-generation Skoda Superb disguised as the current model
- First glimpse of 2023 Skoda Superb
- PHEV powertrains likely
- Evolutionary styling
The new Skoda Superb has been spotted testing using the current model's bodywork as a disguise. The fourth-generation Superb is expected to arrive in 2023, along with the replacement for the current Volkswagen Passat.
Both models will share Volkswagen's ‘MQB’ platform and are expected to be built on the same production line. When it arrives, the Superb will be a rival to models including the Vauxhall Insignia and Peugeot 508, and will be available as a saloon and an estate.
The heavily disguised prototype caught in our spy shots is most likely being used to test new powertrains. Skoda's decision to fit existing bodywork suggests the car's basic underpinnings will remain relatively unchanged, so expect the new Superb to be a very similar size to the existing model. The current Superb already has generous rear legroom and boot space for its class.
There will be a shift towards electrification for the new car, so we're expecting two plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options based around the same 1.4-litre petrol engine fitted in the Skoda Octavia iV. A more affordable version with around 200bhp will be joined by a 242bhp range-topper, as seen in the Volkswagen Passat GTE. A 13kWh battery is currently used in this powertrain but a larger battery could arrive to extend the pure-electric range beyond 30 miles or so.
The PHEVs will especially suit company-car drivers, thanks to their low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating. Cost-conscious private buyers may prefer an entry-level 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol that's likely to have 148bhp. The range is expected to top out with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 276bhp and four-wheel drive, although this version may not be offered in the UK.
Styling changes are hard to spo, but the prototype appears to have a more aggressive bumper than the current model, with large ducts to aid cooling. At the rear, the car appears smoother.
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. 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.