2019 Superb Plug-In Hybrid will borrow its platform from Volkswagen Passat GTE and will be followed by an all-new full electric car
Skoda is preparing to launch its first ever hybrid model in 2019, in form of the Superb plug-in hybrid. As Skoda’s parent group Volkswagen AG plans to launch a fleet of 30 battery-powered cars by 2020, the Czech automaker is working on its own EV agenda. Also one year after launching the Superb plug-in hybrid sedan, Skoda will introduce a fully-electric car.
The 2019 Skoda Superb plug-in hybrid sedan will borrow the platform from Volkswagen Passat GTE and also expect this car to share several technologies with the VW sedan. Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier confirms that, other Skoda cars will receive plug-in hybrid powertrain at later stages.
Skoda is yet to reveal any detail about its future EV. But the car could be based on the Volkswagen’s MEB platform and will feature Skoda’s sharper design language. Also it will come concentrating on interior space, offering as much as possible comfortable experience to the occupants.
The Skoda Superb plug-in hybrid is likely to be launched in China first, as the sedan is very popular and has a very strong customer base there. While several other automakers have already progressed in plug-in hybrid and electric powertrain technology, Skoda seems to be a late entrant to the segment. Speaking about that, the Skoda CEO said, the company doesn’t need to be first in the market, but it wants to offer technology to customers at an affordable pricing.
Mr. Bernhard Maier also said that, 2019 is the perfect time to launch the Czech brand’s first plug-in hybrid car. He believes that, demand for the alternative energy powered cars will be at desired level at that time and it will help the company to offer its plug-in hybrid and EVs at affordable prices.