Skoda says that electromobility is a key pillar of their ‘GreenFuture’ sustainability strategy and part of the ŠKODA DNA. By as early as 2025, up to 25 per cent of all ŠKODA 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.

The iV marks the first model of the brand’s entry into electrification of their cars. The ŠKODA iV family in New Zealand is set to include the SUPERB iV, OCTAVIA iV and the fully-electric ENYAQ iV, with more models to be announced over the coming years. Beginning with the impending arrival of the SUPERB iV, ŠKODA New Zealand then plans to introduce the OCTAVIA iV in early 2022, followed by the fully-electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV in 2023.

SUPERB iV: all-electric range of up to 62 km
ŠKODA New Zealand’s first plug-in hybrid has an all-electric range of up to 62km in the WLTP cycle and an unrestricted long-distance capability covering a total of up to 930km. In E-mode, the SUPERB iV provides zero-emission and particularly quiet driving – perfect for modern cities and low-emission zones, they say.

The SUPERB iV is the first ŠKODA to have two hearts beating under its bonnet. Depending on the situation and the selected driving mode, these provide drive either individually or as a pair, and combine the benefits of an electric motor and a combustion engine. The electric motor has a power output of 85kW and, in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery, gives the SUPERB iV an all-electric, and thereby zero emission, range of up to 62km in the WLTP cycle. The SUPERB iV’s 1.4 TSI petrol engine – delivering 115kW – and 50-litre petrol tank, mean the hybrid drive system, which is available for the Style and Sportline variants, also boasts unrestricted long-distance capability. With a fully charged battery and full petrol tank, drivers heading off on a business trip behind the wheel of a company car, or on holiday with their family can thereby cover up to 930km without any refuelling stops, says Skoda.

When both power units are working together, the SUPERB iV has a combined power output of 160kW. Here, the power from the electric motor acts as an additional boost. This means the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and its top speed is 224km/h. To be able to experience this level of agility, the car must be set to Sport mode using Driving Mode Select or by using the Sport button on the centre console.

In addition to Sport mode, drivers can also select E-mode and Hybrid mode. In E-mode, the SUPERB iV is powered entirely by
the electric motor. It can then travel almost silently and accelerate from 0 to 60 km/h in 5.0 seconds. However, to ensure pedestrians and cyclists hear an approaching SUPERB iV in good time, the E-noise sound generator creates a unique sound. In Hybrid mode, both power units work together, and their interplay is automatically controlled electronically. This makes the combined consumption 1.5L of petrol per 100 km and 14.0 to 14.5 kWh per 100 km, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 33 to 35 g/km.

Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 13 kWh
In addition to the two power units, the traction battery and control electronics are key parts of the plug-in hybrid system. The control electronics coordinate the connection between the charging device and the battery, convert the direct current from the battery into the alternating current that drives the electric motor, and ensures that the car’s 12-volt circuit is powered. The 37-Ah high-voltage traction battery has a gross capacity of 13kWh corresponding to a net capacity of 10.4kWh. The lithium-ion battery is built into the chassis floor in front of the rear axle. It stores the power required for electric drive, as well as for the heating and the Climatronic system’s compressor.

UPERB iV Model Pricing
The SUPERB iV will be available in the Style and Sportline variants and will arrive in dealerships in July.

SUPERB iV Wagon Style 160kW
SUPERB iV Wagon Sportline 160kW
from $75,990 +orc
from $79,990 +orc
SUPERB iV Sedan Style 160kW
SUPERB iV Sedan Sportline 160kW
from $72,990 +orc
from $76,990 +orc
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