The all-new ?koda Superb made its Australian debut in Melbourne this morning. This latest addition to the Skoda range is a flagship model for the company that links Skoda's "illustrious past with its ambitious future..." (?koda's words there).
The elegant new Superb offers style and interior cabin space plus a host of clever features, including ?TwinDoor?, which turns the car from a Sedan to a Liftback at the touch of a button, giving the Superb even greater flexibility.
"Although its design has retained the traditional Liftback concept, the unique, patented ?TwinDoor? variable boot opening, designed by our engineers at ?koda, offers an extremely practical, functional and well thought-out solution," Skoda Australia head Matthew Wiesner said.
Depending on what is required, either the boot lid alone can be opened for smaller items to be placed inside. Or, by operating another button on the underside of the boot lid to activate an electro-mechanical release, you can lift the entire boot lid together with the rear window, allowing bulkier items to be loaded.
When the rear seat backs are in an upright position, the boot will accommodate 565 litres of luggage, and, if folded forward, this volume increases to a massive 1,670 litres.
It looks alright - the Superb - although the name may be a challenge for some. On initial impressions, it is a greater styling departure for Skoda from its VW parent.
There will be two petrol and one diesel variant available in Australia, all of which operate with direct fuel injection giving low fuel consumption while producing low CO2 emissions.
The 1.8 TSI petrol engine boasts 118 kW of power and 250 Nm propels the front-wheel-drive Superb to a top speed of 220 km/h. Acceleration is robust, with 8.5 seconds required to get from 0 to 100 km/h. The 1.8 TSI is also matched to the latest 7-speed DSG transmission.
The other petrol choice for the Superb will be a new 3.6 litre V6 FSI unit, with 191 kW of power and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. This engine powers the car from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 250 km/h. The 3.6 V6 FSI is supplied with an automated 6-speed DSG transmission and AWD.
Traction distribution is designed to be variable thanks to a fourth-generation Haldex clutch, which monitors the traction and power delivery electronically. During normal driving conditions 100 per cent of the power goes to the front axle. When needed, however, the 350 Nm of torque can be sent to the rear wheels, which assists in safe and reliable traction in all road conditions ? not only ice and snow during winter conditions.
The 2.0 TDI diesel, which works with common-rail direct injection, provides 125kW of power and 350Nm. This oiler isn't slow, with a top speed of 220 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h time of 8.8 seconds. Coupled with a new 6-speed DSG transmission, the TDI delivers a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.9 litres per 100km.
Pricing for the entry-level Superb Ambition 1.8 TSI with seven-speed DSG is priced from $42,990, while the range topping Superb Elegance 3.6 V6 with 4x4 starts at just $56,990.