Skoda has announced pricing and spec for its revamped flagship saloon, the Superb.
The Czech brand is introducing new plug-in hybrid powertrains to an already large range of cars that includes six petrol and diesel engines, six grades of trim and hatch and estate versions available at all levels.
The Superb gets fresh design, an updated interior and more technology, including new LED headlights and, for the first time, Predictive Cruise Control (which is cruise control with fancy features like optimised fuel consumption).
The price ranges from £24,655 for an entry level S trim grade, to £40,695 for a range-topping Laurin & Klement variant.
In terms of drivetrains, the revised Superb is available at launch with two petrol and two diesel options with power outputs ranging from 120PS for the 1.6 TDI to 272PS. Seven-speed DSG gearboxes and 4WD are available on selected models.
That’s just for starters. The range will expand later in the year with two new engines, a petrol 1.5 TSI 150 PS and a diesel 2.0 TDI 150 PS.
Then early next year Skoda’s first ever electrified model will land: the Superb iV plug-in hybrid (PHEV).
This hybrid will be powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol engine that delivers 156 PS and an 85kW electric motor.
The new powertrain can deliver a combined max power output of 218PS - which Skoda promises will deliver “exceptional” performance plus reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
When the Superb iV arrives in the UK, it will have CO2 emissions below 40g/km, along with an all-electric, zero-emission range of up to 34 miles thanks its integrated 13kWh battery.
On the outside, the Superb gets new features including a remodelled radiator grille, a new front bumper and a chrome trim between the LED tail lights.
Inside the refreshed cabin includes chrome highlights, new seat covers and coloured contrasting stitching. Boot space is very good, with 625 litres in the hatch or 660 litres in the estate.
There are six trim grades that will be familiar to UK and Irish drivers: S, SE, SE Technology, SE L, SportLine Plus and Laurin & Klement.
Standard on all models are LED front and rear lights, seven airbags, a touchscreen infotainment system with DAB, voice control and SmartLink+ for smartphone connectivity.
The S model is priced from £24,655 and like every other model in the range, is available in hatchback and estate forms.
SE models start from £26,165 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and electrically folding door mirrors with boarding spot lighting. In terms of driver assistance, SE models come equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control, Light assistant and Driver fatigue sensor as standard.
The extras pile on as you go through the trim levels until you reach the top with the designer Laurin & Klement model.
Just some of the goodies over and above the other grades include 18" Propus Aero anthracite alloy wheels, leather upholstery with perforated front ventilated seats, heated front and rear seats and LED interior light pack.
There’s also tri-zone climate control, Columbus sat nav with 9.2" touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi and Canton sound system.
In terms of driver assistance, the Laurin and Klement also features Dynamic chassis control (DCC), Lane assist, Virtual pedal, Park Assist and a Rear View Parking camera.
The updated Superb is available to order now, with first UK deliveries expected in autumn.