New Skoda Superb facelift: Scout model confirmed for 2019

Fresh teaser video confirms that Skoda’s latest flagship Superb range will feature a rugged Scout estate variant for the first time

Skoda has released a fresh teaser video for the updated Superb. As part of its mid-life facelift, the Czech brand’s flagship model will receive a minor cosmetic overhaul and a technical redesign, borrowing technology from the latest Volkswagen Passat. The new model will be unveiled on 23 May at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava.

The Czech brand has also revealed that the new Superb will be available in “Scout” trim for the first time. Should the Skoda Octavia Scout act as a template, the Superb Scout will be exclusively available as an estate and will feature a raised ride-height, black plastic exterior mouldings, new roof rails and tougher front and rear bumpers.

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This new teaser video follows an official render from Skoda, which detailed the new Superb’s styling. Updates for the standard Superb will include a pair of revised headlights, a redesigned radiator grille and a fresh front bumper with LED fog lamps. Tweaked rear lamps and a new rear bumper will also likely feature, along with an updated interior which adopts the VW Group’s latest digital gauge cluster and infotainment system.

However, the biggest change for the 2019 Superb will be its adoption of plug-in hybrid technology for the first time. Skoda plans to use the same electrified drivetrain as the Volkswagen Passat GTE, which mixes a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a gearbox-mounted electric motor and 13kWh battery for a combined output of 215bhp.

Elsewhere, the latest Superb will inherit the Passat’s conventionally-powered engines, comprising of three petrol and four diesel options, with the former offering outputs between 148bhp and 268bhp and the latter between 118bhp and 237bhp. Entry level models will come as standard with a six speed manual transmission, while the most powerful versions will be fitted with a seven-speed DSG and a four-wheel-drive system.

Skoda’s marketing boss, Alain Favey, confirmed the Superb PHEV will be the only hybrid in the range. He said: “It will be one powertrain, the hybrid, and it will be offered on different trims. Of course, electrified vehicles have a slightly higher price point, but we want to make it as accessible as possible so we think it’s good to offer this variation.”

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