Skoda is aiming for the big time with its third-generation Superb. On sale in the summer of 2015, the new Skoda Superb flagship will be the most upmarket car the brand has ever built – and our exclusive images, backed up by official sketches, show exactly how it looks. Prices are expected to fall into the £25,000 - £35,000 range.
We also travelled to Portugal for an exclusive reveal of the new Skoda Superb months before its official unveiling – and got behind the wheel of a prototype in the early stages of testing.
The new Superb has a big job on its hands. Since the arrival of the Superb in 2001, Skoda has sold more than 700,000 worldwide over two model generations. But Skoda chairman Prof Dr Winfried Vahland wants the newcomer to exceed 700,000 in its lifetime.
“We want to be the best in the class – at the very top,” he told us, while sitting in the passenger seat during our drive. “We’re not talking about beating the Passat here – that’s moved up a class – but we want the new Superb to sit above cars like the Vauxhall Insignia. We want to be the most technological model you can buy in this class.”
From the front, the daring look debuted on this year’s Vision C concept has been revisited. The family grille stands proud, and trapezoidal detailing sits below jewel-like headlamps. A strong character line runs the length of the car, while a more sporty roofline with a chrome-edged window surround is particularly smart.
Inside, the cabin is conventional and sober but well made, while Skoda claims rear legroom is double that available in the Insignia. There’s a bigger boot, too, at 625 litres (with the seats up) and 1,760 (seats down), and the current Superb’s nifty hatch/saloon tailgate has been ditched for a more traditional hatchback format. Gone is the one big umbrella slotted into the rear door, too, replaced by two smaller umbrellas, one in each of the front doors.
The tech is improved as well. Front and rear passengers can control the infotainment system via iPad, it’s compatible with Apple CarPlay, and, from 2016, there’ll
be wireless smartphone charging.
There’ll be five petrol engines – from a 123bhp 1.4-litre with active cylinder management to a 276bhp 2.0 – and three diesels, from an 118bhp 1.6 GreenLine to a 187bhp 2.0. The UK will definitely get the diesel range, while discussions about petrols are ongoing.
Prices and specs have yet to be revealed, but expect S, SE, Elegance, GreenLine and top-drawer Laurin & Klement trim to be offered, starting from £25,000. The Superb will go on sale in the summer of 2015 with the first deliveries in September. An estate is tipped to follow in early 2016 along with the plug-in hybrid model.
At the launch of the new Skoda Octavia Scout, a Skoda insider revealed that the next-gen Superb will feature the same 154bhp 1.4-litre TSI engine and 107bhp electric motor from the new Passat. The hybrid model is predicted to arrive in 2016.
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