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2016 ŠKODA Superb to get plug-in hybrid power

16th July 2014

ŠKODA Superb.jpgReports suggest a strong possibility that ŠKODA's third-generation Superb – due for release in 2016 – will be the first from the manufacturer to include plug-in hybrid technology. The saloon is the carmaker's flagship model and will borrow the system from its VW Group stablemate, the Passat.

Alongside the new powertrain, the incoming Superb will also include a design overhaul, with changes to its dimensions creating a lower and wider stance on the road. Further details on the and specification are unknown at this stage, and the hybrid set-up is expected to be identical to that found in the Passat. This means a 154bhp 1.4-litre TSI engine will be coupled with a 107bhp electric motor.

The model family may be set to grow when the new dual-power Superb arrives, as the Vision C concept shown at this year's Geneva Motor Show hinted at a coupé shape to rival the Passat CC. Whether or not a coupé version arrives, the adoption of hybrid technology for the Superb will strengthen its appeal, particularly to company car drivers and fleet managers.

The existing vehicle boasts a stylish look, a comfortable cabin and excellent safety credentials, and a plug-in model would bolster its efficiency and emission output further. The resulting low BIK tax rating will certainly make many business buyers take notice, if they've not already turned to the carmaker for a fleet solution.

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