Skoda has offered a first glimpse at its upcoming Superb facelift, ahead of its full reveal at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship later this month.
Based on the image provided, changes to the Superb will be subtle up front. Along with tweaked headlight clusters, the front end will get a new lower bumper section, but that appears to be the extent of the upgrades.
According to the press materials, the rear end will get a few changes too. Like the Scala, the new Superb will get the 'SKODA' name spelled out across its boot. We'd suggest detail changes in the taillights and rear bumper are also likely, but images aren't forthcoming at this point. Stay tuned.
It's likely the facelift will coincide with the global launch of the plug-in hybrid version that was first confirmed in 2016. Expect the drivetrain to be shared with the updated Passat GTE, which pairs a 115kW 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor, for a combined output of 160kW.
The related Volkswagen PHEV claims to offer up to 55km of zero-emissions driving per charge from its 13.0kWh lithium-ion battery pack on the WLTP cycle.
Launched in 2015, the third-generation Superb has been a strong seller for Skoda around the world. The 500,000th example rolled off the production line last month, although it's not a massive seller Down Under. So far in 2019 a total of 330 have found a home, up 33.6% on the same time last year.
The new Superb will be revealed at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The tournament runs from May 10 to 26, Australian time, so stay tuned.