The all-new Skoda’s 2020 Superb has received an extensive facelift, and every model in the range now has a fresh new look. However, the changes go deeper than skin deep, and there is plenty to look forward to for the Q3 release.
The 2020 Skoda Superb will be the third generation of Skoda’s giant, range-topping saloon vehicle. In this incarnation, it is now larger than ever. Spun off the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, the Superb is 3cm longer and 5cm wider that its not-very-small predecessor, but with more space inside.
The new look will build on the already aesthetically pleasing Superb’s 2019 models, and it’s hoped that this will raise the brand’s profile. Let’s take a closer look at what the new Superb lineup has to offer.
The Highlights of the Reveal
Skoda revealed the new Superb changes at a recent event in Bratislava, Slovakia. The Skoda’s 2020 Superb range will have subtle styling changes and even more technology to keep drivers happy. The new soft roading Scout model will join the range along with the hybrid iV plug-in car. The real surprise for attending car industry insiders was the timeframe with Skoda promising a Q3 rollout for their updated Superb range.
An Exterior View
Every model in this revised Superb range will have updated features, such as narrower profile LED headlights, full LED tail-light clusters, and a deep front grille.
The front bumper has been restyled, which has made the hatchback longer by 8 millimeters (0.3 inches) and the wagon by 6 mm (0.2 inches).
The model features narrower profile LED headlights. The older bi-xenon + LED daytime running lights setup has been replaced by a far more advanced full-LED matrix arrangement, which is a first for the Skoda brand. The new tech comes with a little “dance” these headlights do whenever you open or close the Superb. These new front clusters are slightly slimmer than the old ones and meet the wider corporate grille now restyled with double slats to give the car a more imposing look.
The model will now feature two new colours, which have been expertly added to the Superb palette; they are Race Blue and Crystal Black.
The design of the 18” and 19” Superb alloy wheels have also been redesigned.
Another obvious change that has occurred at the back where the corporate logo used to be has now replaced by the “SKODA” lettering on the tailgate, which echoes a similar recent move on both the Kamiq and Scala models.
An Interior View
Stepping inside the cabin, there are new seat upholsteries for some of the trim levels, as well as chrome and decorative trims for the center console and dashboard. Skoda has freshened up the coloured stitching on the seats wrapped in leather and Alcantara, while the divided storage compartments in the false floor located underneath the seats are now illuminated (in the wagon variants only). Go for the range-topping Laurin & Klement and you get an Alcantara headliner finished in beige or black, including for the central pillars. Chrome has also been added to some of the variants.
The controls for the new matrix LED headlights are within easy reach along with the new predictive cruise control controls.
An impressive new safety feature is the brand new emergency assist system that will safely steer the car to side of the road in the event there is an accident or a sudden need for the vehicle to remove itself from traffic.
The best specified models have a large array of technological feats, the Superb’s state of the art features include a customistable digital display, a Canton stereo system, WiFi hotspot connectivity and a a 9.2” MIB3 infotainment system with vocal and gesture controls and wireless Apple CarPlay support.
A unique little feature you’ll discover (in the higher-spec Superbs at least) is an umbrella cunningly stowed within each of the front door, a feature only otherwise found in Rolls-Royce models!
Under the Bonnet
The European release will have three different turbocharged petrol engines; they are 1.5 litre (110kW), 2.0 litre (140kW) and 2.0 litre (200kW). There are also three turbo diesel engines to choose from; they are 1.6 litre (88kW), 2.0 litre (110kW) and 2.0 litre (140kW). At the moment we have no confirmation on which of these engines will be available for the Skoda Superb sale models in Australia.
The Plug-In Hybrid System
A first for the Skoda Production model is the adoption of a plug-in hybrid system. It combines a 1.4 TSI developing 156 hp (115 kW) with an electric motor rated at 115 hp (85 kW) and a six-speed DSG.
The hybrid arrangement gives the Superb iV a combined output of 218 hp (160 kW). Thanks to a 13-kWh battery pack, the car will be able to travel for as much as 34 miles (55 kilometers) without sipping any fuel, based on the realistic WLTP cycle. Factor in the gasoline tank, the total range extends to 528 miles (850 km).
This variant of the Superb iV will boast an artificial sound generator to alert road users about the car when it’s running in electric mode. Skoda is also adding support for over-the-air updates and introducing two new assistance systems: Trailer Assist to help you whenever you’re towing a trailer and Area View with four cameras providing a 360-degree view of the car to make your life easier when parking the relatively large car.
Australian Release Information
Skoda Australia has announced that the new Superb range should be available here in Australia during Q3 of 2019. The facelifted Superb range will feature the latest Volkswagen Group MIB3 infotainment system that has wireless Apple CarPlay support.
Sadly, the powertrains will be carried over; this means that it’s unlikely that we will get the plug-in hybrid iV in Australia any time soon.
Skoda Australia has also ruled out the Superb Scout, which would have made an interesting addition to the lineup.
If you’re looking for Skoda’s 2020 Superb in Perth, contact Perth City Skoda to arrange a no obligation test drive today.