Next-gen Skoda Superb confirmed for 2023 launch

Skoda Superb estate render front three quarter

Next Skoda Superb is set to play it safe in its design and powertrain choices

Replacement for popular executive estate will get combustion power and sit alongside an all-new EV line-up

Skoda has confirmed it will launch the heavily updated fourth generation of its Superb saloon in 2023, with a range of powertrain options and an estate bodystyle available.

Predominantly ICE-powered, the new Skoda Superb will directly rival the Peugeot 508 and play a major role in maintaining and advancing the Czech firm’s market share, which took a hit based on 2022 sales figures. Last year, the saloon sold 60,800 examples worldwide, representing a drop of 8% on the previous year.

As part of the firm’s rapid advance towards electrification, it unveiled a plan to guide its transition that includes investing €5.6 billion (£4.9bn) in e-mobility, including three new electric cars by 2026 – a flagship SUV, a city car and an electric alternative to the Skoda Karoq crossover.

However, in the lead-up to the 2030 ICE ban, it will continue to update its existing combustion models, with a next-gen Skoda Kodiaq also confirmed for launched this year. By this time, the firm estimates ICE cars will still account for 30% of its total sales.

The current Superb is built at Skoda‘s factory in Emden, Germany, alongside its sibling car, the Volkswagen Passat. Given that the Czech car shares many of its underpinnings with Volkswagen’s best-selling saloon, we expect the latest Superb to broadly follow the same path, meaning the 2023 Superb will be based on Volkswagen’s latest ICE car platform – MQB Evo.

As such, we suspect powertrain options to be similair to the current VW crop: a mix of pure-ICE and electrified options in two- and four-wheel drive configurations, in line with Skoda’s ploy to cater to a larger range of buyers and strengthen its position in the premium executive segment.

A mixture of petrol and diesel engines are available with the current Superb, with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engines and 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines. The electrified plug-in hybrid pairs a 1.4-litre petrol four-pot with an electric motor and 13kWh battery for a combined output of 215bhp and an electric-only range of 25-30 miles. 

Whether these powertrains will drive the new car remain to be seen because details remain scarce. However, given Skoda’s aim of catering to a large bracket of customers, this line-up will bring about the sort of cost-efficiency needed to achieve that goal. The aforementioned 1.5 TSI starts at just under £30,000, while the range-topping Laurin & Klement variant using the 1.4 TSI hybrid powertrain pushes the price to £45,000. 

As shown in the accompanying spy shots, we have seen only an estate testing. Whether the four-door liftback Superb will return is yet to be confirmed. However, with Volkswagen’s axing of the Passat saloon in 2021, (thus confirming the shrinking of traditional executive saloon market), we’re not holding our breath. The Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia have also made high-profile exits recently.


The grille, lighting and trim details are visible beneath the test car’s camouflage, with refreshed overall design cues to bring it in line with other models in the range such as the Scala, Kodiaq and Octavia. Its silhouette leaves it indistinguishable from the current car’s, with the firm clearly adopting evolution over revolution for its design. 

Production is tipped to take place on a new line in Czechia, although this hasn’t yet been officially confirmed.

Source: Autocar

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