Skoda announces 4th generation Superb
Three conventional petrol engines, two diesels and a new plug-in hybrid with an increased electric range of more than 62 miles (100 kilometres) cover an output spectrum from 150 hp (110 kW) to 265 hp (195 kW). For the first time, a mild-hybrid powertrain will be available, and all models are fitted with an automatic DSG transmission as standard. One of the key interior modifications is the gearshift lever mounted on the steering column. This frees up space on the centre console, providing the driver with even more comfort and additional storage space.
Even more Simply Clever ideas
Up to 28 Simply Clever details increase driver and passenger comfort in the new-generation Superb. Some of them are completely new to Skoda overall: an electrically controlled roller blind acting as a luggage compartment cover in the Superb estate, a centre armrest for the rear seats with integrated tablet holder and a double storage pocket on the back of each front seat to hold documents or magazines as well as a smartphone. A first for the Superb is the integrated funnel in the windscreen washer reservoir cap.
Incidentally, Skoda presented the first of what has become a very wide range of Simply Clever details in 2001, when it introduced the initial modern-day generation of the Superb. At the time, these included numerous cup holders in the rear armrests, on the centre armrest and inside the glove compartment, as well as the premiere of a 12-volt socket for the rear-seat passengers. The umbrella in the driver's door and the smart luggage hooks in the boot can still be found in Skoda cars today.
Particularly popular in Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland
The popularity of the Skoda Superb has increased with each generation. The first modern edition sold a total of 137,000 times between 2001 and 2008. The second generation was built from 2008 to 2015. It was the first to offer customers an estate version and saw Skoda deliver 618,000 vehicles. The third generation, in production since 2015, took overall Superb sales past the one million mark. By the end of May 2023, it had sold 805,000 units. Sales figures for 2022 show that most Superbs went to Germany, with 14,300 units equating to 25 per cent, followed by the Czech home market (6,900 units or 12 per cent) and Poland (5,600 units or 10 per cent).
To date, more than 1,560,000 Superbs of all generations have been sold worldwide. Skoda Auto will unveil the fourth-generation Superb in November 2023. The new generation will be built at the Volkswagen Group plant in Bratislava, Slovakia, and will continue to be produced in hatchback as well as estate format.