Let’s play a game of spot the difference: can you tell which bits of the new Skoda Superb are… well, new?
Probably not, we’ll wager, given this facelift is – cosmetically at least – a fairly tame update that maintains much of the previous model’s styling. As well it may be, in fact, because the third-generation Superb’s angular lines have always been rather pleasing.
Beneath the skin, though, there are more significant changes – not least of which is the addition of a plug-in hybrid version dubbed the Superb iV.
It’s Skoda’s second production plug-in car, and comes hot on the heels of the Citigo E iV, both of which fall within Skoda’s new iV sub brand – think of it as you would vRS, but for plug-in models instead of hotter ones.
Unlike the Citigo E, of course, the Superb iV has to retain an internal combustion engine as a part of its drivetrain, and mechanically you’ll find it very similar to the upcoming Volkswagen Passat GTE facelift expected toward the end of this year.
That means a 1.4-litre petrol turbo engine with 156bhp, allied to a 74bhp electric motor – the two combined capable of a maximum output of 215bhp. The 13kWh battery can be fully charged in three hours and 30 minutes using a conventional wall box.
Running on electric power alone, the Superb iV will have a WLTP range of 34 miles – more than enough for a commute or a trip to the shops, in other words. And on a tank of fuel and a full charge, the iV should be able to cover around 520 miles.
There is a price to pay in terms of boot space, though as the standard Superb has an enormous boot it isn’t as much of a penalty as with other hybrids; you still get 485 litres to play with in the hatchback, and 510 litres in the estate.
What about the rest of the Superb range, though? Well, for the most part it’s a case of ‘if it ain’t broke…’. The engine range has been carried over with minor tweaks, and there are some changes to equipment levels — most notable of which being the addition of LED headlamps. On the whole, though, it’s a case of business as usual.
So, how much will it cost? Well, as with any facelift you can expect a bump in prices; we don’t know by quite how much just yet, but it would be a surprise if the base model were to cost more than £25,000.
Skoda says the iV, meanwhile, will cost a shade more than the top-of-the-range diesel versions - in real terms, that’ll probably mean just shy of £40,000.
Expect to see facelifted Superbs arriving in showrooms in September this year, with the iV versions going on sale in January 2020.