Skoda’s second-generation Superb, now coming out of its sixth year on the market, could never - even in its early days - have been described as a sleek, forward-looking design.
Shaped, it would almost seem deliberately, as a four-wheeled utilitarian throwback to the Czech Republic’s Eastern Bloc days, the current Superb - if only in liftback sedan form - is about as exciting as lining up for toilet paper.
That’s about to change. There’s a new Superb on the way, and new ‘spy photos’ released by Skoda today reveal that the big executive car might finally be worthy of its name.
There’s little to be seen on these heavily camouflaged prototypes, although it is clear the new Superb will take its styling cues from the dramatic VisionC concept revealed earlier this year.
For its third run, the Superb badge will join the growing four-door coupe brigade, and as these shots reveal, it will retain its liftback design - although this time as a single hatch rather than the clever two-part contraption of the current model.
The profile of these prototypes is clearly taller than that of the VisionC, but still there is a long flowing roofline and a short rear deck - two key ingredients in a good four-door coupe design.
Large headlights and tail-lights will replace the super-slim units of the VisionC concept, but the strong character line will continue along the upper doors - if a little softer than on the show car.
Talking dimensions, the new Superb boasts an 80mm longer wheelbase, stretching it to 2841mm - well beyond the 2790mm footprint of its Volkswagen Passat platform mate.
Overall length has increased also, but thanks to shorter overhangs, it’s only up by 20mm.
Still, the longer wheelbase has blessed the new Superb with more rear leg space - largely to satisfy the Chinese market - and storage, the latter now listed at 625 litres with the rear seats upright.
The use of Volkswagen’s MQB platform has also made the Superb a stronger unit, loaded with more high-strength steel. Torsional rigidity is up 12 percent, but weight is down by around 75kg.
Engine options, depending on the market, will again include petrol and diesel mills, although specifics are still to come.
Skoda has revealed little else at this stage, apart from confirming a February debut in Prague that will be followed by a Geneva Motor Show premiere.
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