Škoda Offers Consumers Choice of Six Superb iV Powertrains

Škoda’s four generation mid-segment Superb will give consumers a choice of six different powertrains with a mild-hybrid entry-level system offered for the first time.

However, all models will employ a DSG automatic transmission with a steering-column-mounted shift lever. The automaker says that’s because the clutch can handle the power of combustion engines as well as various hybrid drivetrains.

In all the model to be launched in November, features three gasoline engines, two diesels, an all-new mild hybrid and an updated plug-in hybrid with increased electric range. The latter is reserved for the estate (station wagon) version, with a claimed 147bhp (110 kW) 1.5-liter TSI gasoline engine now complementing its electric motor. The powertrain’s maximum output of 201bhp (150 kW) reaches the front wheels via a 6-speed version of the DSG transmission.

Compared to its predecessor, the high-voltage battery has grown by 12.7 kWh to 25.7 kWh, increasing the car’s purely electric range to more than 62 miles. In addition, Škoda has increased the maximum charging rate at wall boxes and AC charging points from 3.6 to 11 kW. The plug-in hybrid version also allows DC charging with a maximum charging rate of 50 kW. As before, charging is also possible at 2.3 kW from a 230-V household socket. The Superb iV’s fuel tank holds 45 liters (9.9 Imperial gallons, 11.88 US gallons) of gasoline.

The entry-level engine is a 1.5-liter TSI with mild-hybrid technology and an output of 147bhp (110 kW). Both hybrid engines are from the new generation of EA 211 evo2 engines, run on the Miller cycle and feature a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The mild-hybrid model also comes with latest-generation active cylinder technology (ACT+).

There are also two 2.0-liter TSI variants delivering 201bhp (150 kW) and 261bhp (195 kW). The range-topping gasoline engine comes with all-wheel drive as standard, as does the most powerful diesel, a 2.0-liter TDI with 190bhp (142 kW). The entry-level diesel is a 2.0-liter TDI with 147bhp (110 kW). All gasoline engines and diesels are mated to a 7-speed DSG and all six powertrain options meet the Euro 6e emissions standard.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_  and Threads

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