Skoda is currently working on revamping its brand image in India. Part of this strategy is to introduce new and more mature products in the market along with strengthening its after sales services. In the international markets however a new challenge lies ahead of the Czech automaker, the challenge of making environmentally friendly cars that produce lesser emissions. According to a report published by Autocar UK, the automaker is currently in works on this very thing. The start of this will be made by the introduction of the plug-in Hybrid version of its Superb luxury sedan.
The report further states that the same will make its public debut in the year 2019 and will be bases on the underpinnings of the Volkswagen Passat GTE. Skoda’s all new 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq and other subsequent products to follow will also use the same technology. Setting the target for the year 2019 and not before is because the automaker wants to make the hybrid technology supreme and available at price which buyers can easily afford.
Other insights about the car include, that despite sharing quite a lot with Volkswagen products, the design of the 2019 model of the Superb will be unique to the Czech automaker. However, the plan to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the same is indeed part of its parent company’s plans to electrify its product portfolio; a move which was initiated after the much talked about dieselgate scandal. Read Also: New 2016 Skoda Superb Vs Volkswagen Passat GTE Vs Audi A3: Comparison Report
At the moment, not much information is available as to what engine specifications this plu-in hybrid version of the Superb is to come with. Since the sedan just received a mid-life facelift in the international markets, it is safe to assume that the 2019 model will be a complete generatin change with newer engine options.
At the moment, the Skoda Superb sold in India is available to chose from both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol derivative is powered by a 1.8-litre TSi unit which produces 177bhp along with 320Nm of peak torque. On the other hand the diesel derivative is powered by a 2.0-litre TDi oil burner which is good for 174Bhp and 350Nm of peak torque. The transmission responsibilities are taken care of by a 6-speed manual transmission while also available is a 7-speed DSG unit. Talking about the fuel efficiency figures, the petrol motor is good for 14,12kmpl while the diesel motor is good for 18.19kmpl.