The facelifted Skoda Superb has been spotted testing in the mountains before it goes on sale early in 2019. It’ll feature gently altered styling– although that’s not precisely obvious in these photos– and improvements to its engines and infotainment system.
We were rather shocked to see Skoda evaluating a revitalized version of its flagship vehicle, the Superb, last year, only about 12 months after the launching of its third modern generation. Now it makes a bit more sense that the Czech producer is dealing with a facelift for the Volkswagen Passat-based car and our spies have actually handled to record not one, but 2 prototypes.
At this point, it’s pretty challenging to state what Skoda is making with the Superb. The apparent response, obviously, would be a mid-life moderate refresh, however another possible option is a plug-in version, which was already confirmed to show up in 2019. It will end up being the brand’s first-ever PHEV and will feature the very same 1.4-liter TSI turbo engine paired to a 114-horsepower (85-kilowatt) electric motor the Passat GTE is including. The total output of the system will be 215 hp (160 kW) with combined CO2 emissions of just 39 grams per kilometer.
It’s mid-life facelift time for Skoda’s many luxurious model, even though it’s only been on sale considering that 2015. Expect the new variation to look quite similar to the outgoing car, but it should feature tweaked headlights and brake lights, and a couple of changes to the bumpers.
More significant changes must take place inside, consisting of some software application updates for the main touchscreen infotainment system and, possibly, a digital chauffeur’s screen shared with VW. In addition to the outgoing car’s active cruise control and automated emergency situation braking, the Superb might also offer new safety technology.
The German signs on the back of this Superb say ‘test drive’ and ‘brake test’, which suggest that Skoda is tweaking the way its most significant car drives. The brakes may be firmer on the facelifted car, and the optional adaptive suspension might be modified to offer a better mix of comfort and sportiness. Judging by the small wheels on this pre-production mule, it might be the fuel-sipping GreenLine model, but all the Superb’s engines might get a few modifications to make them more effective.
The new Skoda Superb is anticipated to go on sale in the very first part of 2019. Prices will remain the like the existing model, so you’ll pay just over ₤ 22,000 for an entry-level car. Ideally, they will expose more about the changes currently being prepared by the automaker.