Skoda’s all-new Superb has been unveiled in Prague this week, following months of spy photos and a flood of teasers.
European deliveries of the new Superb will begin in September, suggesting that an Australian launch will occur in the first half of 2016.
A wagon model is expected to appear later this year, meaning that Australian availability of that variant could come late next year.
As our spy photos and Skoda’s own teaser images had revealed, the new Superb’s styling marks an epic leap forward into modernity, introducing sharp new lines and an almost coupe-like roofline.
The new model’s styling had first been previewed with last year’s dramatic VisionC concept, although the final product is clearly taller and more sedan-like in its shape.
The concept’s strong character line also continues along the upper doors, if a little softer than on the show car.
The Superb also retains its liftback hatch design, although this time it is presented as a single tailgate unit rather than the two-piece design of the outgoing six year-old model.
There are few surprises to be found in the new interior’s design, although Skoda promises a spacious layout comparable with higher-class offerings and a more premium feel than most in the brand’s segment.
Dimensions and Space
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.
The longer wheelbase gives the new Superb more rear leg space and storage, the latter now listed at 625 litres with the rear seats upright - 39 litres more than the Passat and 84 litres more than fellow hatchback, the new Ford Mondeo.
In Australia, those measurements could make the new Superb a popular option with taxi and hire fleets, where it would do battle with the arguably more premium Hyundai Genesis. (Hyundai sold 56 Genesis sedans in January.)
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.
In Europe, the new Superb’s powertrain line-up will start with diesels, kicking off with an 88kW/250Nm 1.6 unit, followed by 110kW/340Nm and 140kW/400Nm 2.0 litre mills.
On the petrol front, there’s 92kW and 110kW/250Nm versions of a 1.4 litre mill, followed by 132kW/320Nm 1.8, 162kW/350Nm 2.0 and 206kW/350Nm 2.0 litre engines.
The 162 and 206kW petrol engines represent new performance options in the range, boasting 0-100km/h times of 7.0 and 5.8 seconds respectively.
Six-speed manual and seven/six-speed DSG automatic transmissions are available, depending on the model, although the two top petrol options are available in six-speed DSG auto form only.
Watch for Australian engine options and fuel figures to be detailed closer to the new Superb’s local launch.
Entry ‘Ambition’ models in the new Superb range get a 5-inch touch display, dual-zone climate control, auto wipers and headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearstick, cloth seats and chrome exterior highlights.
The ‘Style’ models adds 17-inch alloys, front fog lights with corner function, cruise control, rear parking sensors and rear footwell lighting.
A new ‘Laurin & Klement’ model will top the range, with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, leather trim, 6.5-inch display, 12-speaker Canton audio system, Dynamic Chassis Control with driving mode selection, front and rear parking sensors, and powered front seats.
Safety tech includes Electronic Stability Control, Multi-Collision Brake, Front Assist with Emergency Brake, Tyre Pressure Monitor, seven airbags, five three-point automatic seatbelts with alerts, and the XDS+ system with electronic differential lock. Rear side airbags are available as an option.
Other optional safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Crew Protect Assist, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Emergency Assist, Blind Spot detection, Rear Traffic Alert, Driver Fatigue Alert, Travel Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.
Watch for the new Superb’s local details to be confirmed either later this year or early in 2016.