UPDATE: Pricing has now been revealed, with substantial price-cuts across the range.
The refreshed flagship model for Skoda boasts a new interior, improved fuel consumption, new technical features and substantial price-cuts for all models.
Pricing now starts from $31,990 plus on-road costs for the entry-level Ambition; down $7000 from the outgoing model’s $38,990 starting price.
The range-topping Elegance diesel wagon now starts at $46,690, representing a $3800 saving over the $50,490 plus on-roads price for the previous model.
The model range has been simplified for 2014, with petrol-power being the only choice in the Ambition while the Elegance is available with both petrol and diesel engines.
Both models are available in either sedan or wagon (the wagon is a $1700 option), and all Skoda Superbs on-sale in Australia are matched with automatic transmissions.
The petrol option is the 118TSI 1.8 litre turbocharged engine making 118kW and 250Nm, while a 2.0 litre 125TDI engine is the diesel option, available only in the Elegance.
The 118TSI returns 7.2 l/100km (down 0.1 l/100km on the sedan) and is matched with a seven-speed DSG automatic.
The diesel option gets a six-speed DSG automatic with fuel consumption improving to 5.5 l/100km (down from 6.2 l/100km in the sedan), while power and torque for the diesel unit are listed at 125kW and 350Nm respectively.
Both engines feature brake-energy recuperation as standard, while the diesel also gets stop/start technology. The 3.6 litre six-cylinder engine and the 103TDI diesel from the outgoing model are no longer available.
Skoda says front styling has been revised “up to the A-pillars”, with a new grille, headlights, fog lights, bumper and bonnet all featuring on the updated model.
Customers choosing the Elegance over the Ambition will also get Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, along with LED indicators.
Rear styling includes Skoda’s trademark ‘C-shaped’ tail-lights, but rear LED lighting is now standard for the 2014 Superb.
Other exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels on the Ambition and 18-inch on the Elegance, a new two-button control for the clever ‘TwinDoor’ boot on the sedan, and two new metallic paint finishes called Metal Grey and Moon White.
Inside, the Superb gets a new steering wheel, new interior colours, a sunroof and a handy umbrella housed in the left-rear door.
Dual-zone climate control, leather seat trim with heaters for the front and a 6.5-inch multimedia display screen are standard on both variants, while the Ambition gets an eight-speaker audio system and the Elegance gets a ten-speaker unit.
The updated Superb is now available with the latest-spec Automatic Parking Assist (standard on the Elegance), which now adds a reverse perpendicular park option to its existing parallel parking feature.
While Skoda calls its Superb model an “upper-midsizer”, it’s classed as a ‘large’ car in Australia and competes against the Ford Falcon, Toyota Aurion, Peugeot 508 and Holden Commodore in the large-car segment below $70,000.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Superb Ambition 118TSI $31,990
- Superb Elegance 118TSI $39,990
- Superb Elegance 125 TDI $44,990
- (Wagon option for all models adds $1,700)
Travel Pack [Ambition] $1,000
- 18” Trinity Alloy wheels
- Front Parking Sensors
- Privacy Glass [Sun Set]
Driver Pack [Elegance] $700
- Advanced Keyless Entry including Smart Start [KESSY]
- Fatigue Detection
- Sun Shade for rear side windows [manually operated]