The SUPERB iV is ŠKODA’s first production model to be fitted with plug in hybrid drive. A 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor deliver a combined power output of 160 kW (218 PS). The all electric range is up to 55 km in the WLTP cycle; up to 850 km can be covered when combined with the petrol engine. This new drive variant is available for the SE and SEL Executive trim levels as well as for the SUPERB SPORTLINE and the SUPERB L&K. Production is set to commence at the Kvasiny site in early autumn this year; the market launch will take place at the beginning of 2020.
The new ŠKODA SUPERB iV is the brand’s first production model to feature plug in hybrid technology. By combining an efficient petrol engine with an electric motor, it offers particularly eco friendly mobility without compromising on performance. The battery has a capacity of 37 Ah and 13 kWh of energy: the car’s CO2 emissions are less than 40 g/km and the all electric range is up to 55 km (in the WLTP cycle).
The battery can be charged conveniently at home overnight, for example, using a standard plug socket or in 3 hours 30 minutes using a wall box with a charging output of 3.6 kW. The socket for the charging cable is located behind a flap in the radiator grille. The ŠKODA SUPERB iV is also able to recharge or maintain the level of charge in the battery while driving, using its petrol engine and brake energy recovery. This allows drivers to cover a longer journey’s ‘last mile’ – in a city, for example – again without producing any emissions there.
Particularly dynamic thanks to electric support
The 85kW electric motor allows for the car to be driven purely electrically and also supports the 1.4 TSI, which outputs 115 kW (156 PS), when necessary – either automatically or when the driver wishes. Driving Mode Select offers three different special settings: SPORT mode, E-mode and HYBRID mode. In SPORT mode, drivers have access to the maximum power output of 160 kW (218 PS) and 400 Nm of torque. In combination with the 6 speed DSG that comes as standard, this unlocks the car’s full potential for dynamic driving. In E-mode, the ŠKODA SUPERB iV is powered exclusively by the battery; in HYBRID mode, the electronics regulate the interaction between the petrol engine and the electric motor.
The lithium ion high-voltage battery is positioned in the chassis floor in front of the rear axle. The ŠKODA SUPERB iV’s boot capacity is 485 l in the hatchback and 510 l in the estate. The petrol tank can hold 50 l. From the outside, the hybrid model can be identified by the iV badge at the rear; the front is shaped by a redesigned bumper with a honeycomb structure and Air Curtains. Thanks to the E-noise sound generator, road users such as pedestrians and cyclists will be able to hear an approaching ŠKODA SUPERB iV that is driving in electric mode in good time.
Specific interior details
On the inside, several features differentiate the ŠKODA SUPERB iV from the models powered exclusively by a combustion engine. It comes with a multifunctional Maxi DOT colour display as standard and can be fitted with the individually customisable, 10.25 inch Virtual Cockpit as an option. The infotainment system provides access to iV specific sub items such as the car’s current battery charge status or its purely electric range. The vehicle can also be directly set to Emode and SPORT mode using buttons in the centre console. Using the eManager app in the infotainment system’s menu, a time profile can be set. This ensures that the air conditioning turns on even before the journey has begun and that the battery is charged. The driver can choose whether the air conditioning is powered by the mains or the car’s battery.
The latest generation of infotainment
The Amundsen navigation system, which comes as standard, with its 8?inch display and the optional Columbus system with its 9.2?inch display are both based on the latest infotainment generation. They feature a built in eSIM and are always online thanks to an included data allowance. Real time traffic information and online support allow route suggestions to be calculated more quickly and accurately; the system can notify the driver about traffic jams in real time and can swiftly calculate suitable alternative routes. The transition between online and offline services goes virtually unnoticed.
The Infotainment Apps that can be selected in the Shop directly from the vehicle using the central display are new too. These include a Weather app displaying weather conditions for the whole of Europe, and a News app, which allows users to set up a news feed subscription. Customers can also select additional data bundles using the Shop. These allow passengers to be provided with a data allowance via a WiFi hotspot, for example, or for it to be used for streaming services.
Automatic, ‘over the air’ updates for system software and maps are free of charge for one year. The same goes for access to the ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. These include services like Proactive Service, remote vehicle access or SUPERB iV-specific services such as ‘Charging’ or ‘Air Conditioning’, which allows the driver to conveniently control the car’s air conditioning remotely. If the air conditioning is used during charging, it has no effect on the battery’s level of charge.
SmartLink technology allows smartphone apps to be controlled via the infotainment system’s display using Android Auto and MirrorLink™ – this function is wireless for Apple CarPlay. As an option, the Amundsen infotainment system can be combined with the Virtual Cockpit, which provides a range of different layouts. For those that choose the top-of-the-range Columbus system, the Virtual Cockpit comes as standard and can also display navigation maps as part of the cockpit’s layouts when required. The Columbus system incorporates gesture control and a customisable touchscreen too. The icons on the infotainment system’s home screen can be individually arranged using a finger. In addition, the ŠKODA SUPERB iV offers a USB Type C socket towards the back of the centre console, as well as a Type-A socket in the Jumbo Box and two further Type C sockets in the rear.
Additional assistance systems
Two more assistance systems are exclusively reserved for the ŠKODA SUPERB iV. The first, Trailer Assist, makes it effortless to simply and safely reverse park when towing a trailer. The display shows a diagram of the car and trailer pictured from above. The driver can select the direction and angle in which to reverse the trailer. To do this, they use the wing mirrors’ adjusting knob like a joystick and then all they have to do is keep an eye on traffic and control the acceleration and braking. The system takes over the steering. The second, Area View, uses four cameras to provide the driver with a 360 degree panoramic view of the vehicle on the central display, thereby making it easier to park or manoeuvre in narrow streets.