Confirmed: Skoda is bringing its electrified Superb to NZ
In a two-pronged announcement of sorts, Skoda’s local arm has confirmed that it’s launching its iV sub-brand for electrified vehicles — and that the label will debut next month with the arrival of its plug-in hybrid Superb iV.
“Electromobility is a key pillar of Skoda’s ‘GreenFuture’ sustainability strategy and part of the Skoda DNA,” says the brand. “By as early as 2025, up to 25 per cent of all Skoda vehicles delivered worldwide are to be electrified and the CO2 emissions of the entire fleet are set to be reduced by 30 per cent compared to 2015.”
There are more iV models already confirmed, too. Along with the Superb, Skoda is also bringing along the plug-in Octavia iV. Today’s announcement also reiterated the brand’s earlier confirmation of the fully electric Enyak iV. The latter models will arrive in 2022 and 2023.
The Superb iV looks more or less identical to the standard internal combustion versions, with its plug neatly tucked underneath its grille. It will be offered in sedan and wagon variants. Each bodystyle gets two trims to pick from; the base Style and flagship Sportline.
The sedan Style kicks off the range at $72,990, with the wagon Style, sedan Sportline, and wagon Sportline following at $75,990, $76,990, and $79,990, respectively.
Each variant comes with the same 160kW turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. Skoda claims a 0–100km/h time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 224km/h. But naturally, it’s economy and green credentials that are the important factors here — not so much performance.
In this vein, Skoda claims the Superb iV can travel a rather competitive 62km on electric power alone when fully charged, thanks to a 13kWh lithium-ion battery (mounted in the floor just in front of the rear axle). Those using a conventional home plug can charge the battery in between five and seven hours.
The question now is if (or when) these cars will join the New Zealand Police’s vehicle fleet. The organisation kicked off its transition from Holdens to Skoda Superb wagons back in April, with the full roll-out expected to take multiple years.