2019 Skoda Superb Practically Undisguised As It Inches Closer To Debut (Updated)

This year will bring a facelift not only for Europe’s VW Passat, but also its less glamorous yet roomier sibling, the Skoda Superb.

We already saw a 2019 Superb prototype testing last summer, and now it’s time for an even more revealing sighting. Spotted by our photographers in five-door liftback version, the Superb features very light camouflage up front that disguises the final shape of the headlights, grille and bumper.

However, it’s pretty clear the changes won’t be significant. The headlamps will probably be updated with a new LED signature and the grille will draw inspiration from the brand’s latest concepts. In these shots, the bumper looks slightly more aggressive and that’s obvious in the inclined position of the fog lamps.

At the rear, the taillights gain new LED graphics and a covered band that unites them. That could be either a chrome strip as on the Chinese Superb, or a light strip that would fit the latest trend in the auto industry. Some new paint colors and alloy wheels should also be on the menu.

As for the interior, expect some light improvements including a tidier center console and bigger infotainment screens, along with the same enormous passenger space and cavernous boot, which in the estate version is absolutely huge.

In the engine department, rumor has it the big Skoda will gain a plug-in hybrid version, just like its platform sibling, the VW Passat. The gasoline-electric hybrid should be sourced from the Passat GTE, which pairs a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total output of 218 PS (215 hp) and an estimated all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles).

Updated turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, including the new 1.5 TSI with cylinder deactivation tech, should also be offered alongside the plug-in hybrid. The 2019 Skoda Superb may launch as soon as the Geneva Motor Show in March, with deliveries commencing in summer.

Article updated with new spy shots

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Photo credits: CarPix, S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Passat

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      In many ways it is but it is also far roomier in the back both for passengers and for luggage.
      Plus they do a lovely 272 bhp version with four wheel drive which the Passat doesn’t offer.

      • Bash

        So its based on a Passat, but better.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Same platform but different ride characteristics.
          It doesn’t handle brilliantly but it has a lovely soft ride (especially with the adjustable dampers) that Americans generally love on the cars.
          I think its space and comfort would make it a reasonable choice in the US (if SUVs weren’t all that).

          • Bash

            Yeah, SUVs has really settled cosily into its niche and found an American suburban home on almost every driveway on every street, in every town and every state. Heck not only the US; its laterally a global thing now.

        • Sébastien

          Indeed, it’s in fact more closely related to arteon for length, room inside and practicality

        • TheHake

          *bigger*

          • Bash

            Well, I’m an ordinary guy who think bigger is better.

        • Jason Panamera

          But Passat has still better worldwide sales than Superb. Both cars have some differences but both are still good.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        I think VW missed the market by keeping the Passat a competitor to the Accord and Camry. It should have moved upmarket to become a European Avalon, with all that nice euro stuff without having to go to the premium brands. The Jetta should have moved up in size to tackle Accord/Camry.
        Golf is fine as is, a funky alternative to the Civic etc. maybe a North American version that was unique or something.
        Either way, I think sedans will largely go extinct in a decade.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Tastes change.

      • Andrew

        Passat does offer in Europe 272 PS 4motion version which runs to 100 in 5,5 seconds

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          Yeh, you’re right, I don’t think the UK gets it and I missed it because of that.

    • Rasta_Farian

      Well Pssst to you, too!

  • driv3r

    If you look closely enough you’ll see that there actually is some color matching plastic cladding on the front bumpers and rear to disguise the newly designed parts. Skoda is playing a very clever game here.

  • Matthijs

    Marketing at Skoda (well, VAG): clean this test car and then drive it around and pretent like it has been secretly caught by camera’s..

  • Ouvert

    It is still disquised .. fake bodyparts, taped parts etc .. it just looks not masked

  • VW should have rebadged this and sell it as the real Passat in the US, instead of giving us that mess of a car.

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