Skoda’s all-new Superb fastback hatch, revealed in February, has been joined this week by its new ‘Combi’ wagon companion.
The unveiling today of the new wagon variant follows the 2009 launch of the current model, the first wagon to be offered in the Superb range.
Skoda says the wagon has so far made up 35 percent of all Superb sales since its 2009 introduction.
Like the big new sedan-like hatch, the 2016 Superb wagon showcases the latest evolution of Skoda’s sharp new styling language.
Building on the styling that debuted with the small Rapid and the midsized Octavia, the new Superb range boasts a premium new look that could give Audi’s older models a run for their money.
“The combination of aesthetics, top-of-the range technology and the highest practical benefits makes the new Superb Combi an outstanding vehicle within its segment. With the new flagship, we will attract new customers to our brand,” Skoda board member for technical development, Dr Frank Welsh, said this week.
The new wagon is built on the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform, and like the hatch, it boasts an 80mm longer wheelbase than its predecessor, resulting in a new 2841mm length.
The new model’s track is also wider at both ends, growing to 1584mm at the front and 1572mm at the rear. This means 39mm more elbow room in the front and 70mm more in the rear.
Cargo storage is listed at 660 litres with the rear seats up, expanding to a huge 1950 litres when folded flat - up from 603 and 1835 litres in the current model.
Details for the new wagon’s powertrains are still to come, although we can likely expect options to mirror those offered with the hatch.
In Europe, the new hatch’s engine range includes a series of petrol and diesel units.
The diesel range kicks 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.
In Australia, the Superb range is expected to be offered with the 140kW diesel and 162kW petrol, and possibly the 206kW model as a flagship option.
An Australian debut for the wagon is still to be confirmed, but with the current local range consisting of both wagon and hatch forms, we can likely expect that theme to continue when the new Superb arrives next year.
The new line-up is expected to land in April 2016.
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