Skoda Will Launch Its First Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
The Skoda Superb model will be the first in the brand’s range to have a plug-in hybrid version. It will be a front-wheel drive car capable of passing 70 km on a single charge of 13 kWh battery. Next year it will enter the market, the Auto Express informs.
The car will be equipped with a petrol turbo V4 engine of 1.4 liters and 156 hp, as well as an electric motor of 85 kW (116 hp), combined with an automatic double-clutch DSG transmission. The total output is 218 hp – like the VW Passat GTE has, but the CO2 emissions will be 9 g/km less and equal 31 g/km.
In the future, as claimed in the company, the hybrid powertrain similar to that installed on the Superb can be obtained by other Skoda’s models – the Kodiaq, Octavia and Karoq. But before the car manufacturer wants to see how the Superb hybrid will be sold, and how successful it is the market.
It is reported Skoda intends to open its own battery production in the Czech Republic at the beginning of the next decade. An all-electric car of the brand will be a SUV-like vehicle built on the MEB platform as the Volkswagen I.D hatchback, and is launched in 2020.
Photo: Skoda Superb (2016)