Tucked away in an otherwise bland press release talking about Skoda being a sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship is news about when the wraps will come off the Superb facelift. The teaser released earlier this week by the Czech marque did announce the debut would take place later this month in the Slovakian capital Bratislava during the ice hockey event, but without revealing an exact date.
Now, Skoda has announced the premiere is scheduled for May 23 during the quarter-final matchday. Not much else is known at the time being, with the press release only saying the midsize car has been “modernized” and will boast a “much sharper profile.” We’d be interested to know whether they’ll show the wagon as well or only the hatchback. We’re leaning towards a hatch-only reveal since the long-roof version might be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
By far the most important novelty will be the addition of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for what’ll be Skoda’s very first electrified production car. We’re expecting the same setup employed by the Euro-spec 2019 VW Passat GTE facelift, which pairs a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor. In the Superb’s fancier sibling from VW, the combined output stands at 215 horsepower, which should be more than adequate for most drivers.
The Passat GTE has gained a larger battery pack (from 9.9 kWh to 13 kWh), which has improved range to 55 kilometers (34 miles) as per the more realistic WLTP cycle or 70 km (43.5 miles) based on NEDC. It should be a similar story with the plug-in hybrid Superb, and the Kodiaq SUV also bound to get a PHEV version. Both of them will carry the "iV" suffix.
Also taken from the revised Euro Passat will probably be the slightly cleaner four-cylinder 2.0 TDI Evo engine with 148 horsepower on tap and 10 g/km fewer emissions than the non-Evo variant it will replace.
An old rumor from 2016 did speak about Skoda analyzing the prospects of a Superb RS, but we haven’t heard anything about this topic ever since. Instead, the Mladá Boleslav brand diversified the RS portfolio with the addition of the diesel-fueled Kodiaq RS with the VW Group’s twin-turbodiesel 2.0-liter mill.
Gallery: 2019 Skoda Superb hatchback and wagon spy photos
IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia: ŠKODA featured on the ice as the official main sponsor for 27th time
As the mobility partner, the carmaker is supporting the World Championship organisers with a fleet of 50 vehicles, most notably the SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ
› For the first time ever, a new ŠKODA model celebrates its world premiere at the Ice Hockey World Championship: ŠKODA presents its comprehensively revised flagship SUPERB
› ŠKODA AUTO continues to extend its world record for the longest sponsorship of a world championship at the IIHF tournament in Bratislava and Košice
Mladá Boleslav, 10 May 2019 – For the 27th time in a row, ŠKODA AUTO will be the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which is held this year from 10 to 26 May in Bratislava and Košice. The brand is extending its world record for the longest sponsorship of a world championship. As the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2019 in Slovakia, ŠKODA is using the stage for a world premiere for the first time: The Czech automaker will be presenting the comprehensively revised ŠKODA SUPERB, the brand’s flagship, on the day of the quarter-finals, 23 May. As the official mobility partner, ŠKODA will be providing the organisers with 50 vehicles, this time mainly the SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ.
Alain Favey, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, explains: “ŠKODA is combining tradition with the future in an extraordinary way at this year’s IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. We have made history with our many years of successful sponsorship. The fact that we are now combining our World Championship appearance with the world premiere of a new model for the first time underscores the importance of this event for our brand.”
Eight years after the Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is returning to this nation of ice hockey fans. The world’s top 16 national teams will be competing from 10 to 26 May. The venues are the Slovnaft Aréna in the capital, Bratislava, and the Steel Aréna in Košice.
ŠKODA will be under the spotlight at each of the 64 games. For example, the car manufacturer’s logo will be featured on the boards and the ice at the arenas. In addition, the Czech brand is placing three model highlights next to the rink – the city SUV ŠKODA KAMIQ, the new compact model ŠKODA SCALA and the high-performance SUV KODIAQ RS. This way, ŠKODA will reach a vast audience, as the global television and online broadcasts of the Ice Hockey World Championship will be watched by more than one billion hockey fans this year.
On May 23, the quarter-final matchday, ŠKODA will be presenting the world premiere of the modernised SUPERB with a much sharper profile. As the flagship of the ŠKODA model range, the SUPERB, whose history dates back to the 1930s, offers the brand’s latest innovations in design, technology and functionality.
ŠKODA is the best-selling car brand in the host country Slovakia. In 2018, the manufacturer delivered 21,900 vehicles to customers in the region, with the most popular models being the FABIA, OCTAVIA and RAPID.
Sponsor and mobility partner for more than a quarter of a century
ŠKODA has been supporting the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as a mobility partner since 1992. The automaker has been the official main sponsor since 1993. This is the longest main sponsorship in the history of world sports championships – officially recognised as a Guinness World Record. The brand celebrated the 25th anniversary of this partnership in 2017.
Each year, ŠKODA provides the organisers with an attractive and reliable fleet of vehicles. This year the fleet consists of 50 ŠKODA vehicles, especially the popular SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ.
ŠKODA is also the exclusive partner of the IIHF app, which offers hockey fans exciting background stories and interesting statistics. Thanks to the live ticker, which features a goal alert, users will not miss any of the action. Also, users can predict the outcome of the game in the betting game and share it with friends. The IIHF app is available for Android and iOS operating systems.