Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid arrives as part of model facelift

Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid gets 35-mile electric range and sub-40g/km CO2 emissions

The Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid has been revealed as part of a mid-life model facelift; the first time the big Czech saloon has offered an electrified powertrain.

The Superb iV (as the PHEV variant is called) will use the same powertrain setup as the latest Volkswagen Passat: a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine plus a gearbox-mounted electric motor

Together they generate 215bhp, with power for the motor coming from a 13kWh battery.

An electric range of 35 miles is promised, as well as official CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km. This should deliver rock-bottom company-car costs and free access to the London Congestion Charge zone until October 2021.

An official fuel-economy figure hasn't been announced yet, but Skoda says the Superb iV will be able to travel nearly 530 miles on a tank of fuel.

Elsewhere, the Superb has welcomed a series of visual updates, with new LED matrix headlights, a refreshed front grille, a new front bumper design, revised rear lights and strip of chrome trim along the bootlid all featuring.

Modern digital gauges and infotainment screens abound inside.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain will not form a standalone variant of the Superb; instead it'll be offered as an engine option alongside petrol and diesel in various trim levels.

Alongside the PHEV setup, the line-up will encompass three petrol and three diesel engines, with the former offering outputs between 148 and 268bhp and the latter between 118 and 188bhp.

As is customary with Volkswagen Group cars, six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes will be offered.