The Czech carmaker has revealed an evolutionary design for the new-generation liftback and wagon with a more powerful petrol engine
Skoda has unveiled the new-generation of its Superb liftback and wagon, with the new model packing a high-performance 195kW all-wheel-drive setup and even more practicality.
The Superb will land in Australia in early 2025, where it will return as one of the few wagon options sold in Australia after the closely related Volkswagen Passat was discontinued in our market earlier this year.
Private buyers aren’t the only ones set to benefit from the more powerful setup either, with the 195kW setup set to be a key candidate for Skoda’s Police Highway Patrol vehicles.
While appearing to be more of an evolution of the third-generation Superb than a ground-up successor, the new model includes sleeker lines which the brand says result in better aero-dynamics for the liftback and wagon.
The new model is also longer and taller than the car it replaces, although it is 15mm narrower for both the liftback and wagon.
Measuring in at 4912mm in length, the liftback has grown 43mm on its predecessor while the wagon (4902mm) has grown +40mm, though the wheelbase is unchanged at 2841mm for both.
These increases have seen boot space grow to 645 litres for the liftback (+20 on third-generation) and 690 litres for the wagon (+30 litres).
Other visual changes include slimmer new LED headlights – which Skoda say deliver 40 per cent more output – and tail lights.
Globally, the new Superb will be powered by a suite of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Three TSI petrol engines include a 1.5-litre mild-hybrid delivering 110kW of power, a 2.0-litre petrol delivering 150kW, and a higher-tuned 2.0-litre delivering 195kW.
Two diesel engines are offered as well as a 1.5-litre plug-in hybrid which has a claimed electric range of 100km (WLTP) – for the estate only – however these are unlikely to come to Australia.
All models are paired with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, with each model delivering power to the front wheels, bar the highest output petrol and diesel engines which come with all-wheel drive.
Skoda says the newly designed interior as well as slightly larger exterior dimensions have delivered a ‘roomier’ cabin for the vehicle.
The clean new design and much of its new technology had previously been revealed. Notably – given criticism Volkswagen Group vehicles have received for elimination of physical buttons – the design includes physical knobs and buttons that include customisable knobs in the centre console where the driver can choose the function of the rotation.
As well as this, a 10.0-inch virtual digital instrument cluster and free-standing 13.0-inch infotainment screen also occupy centre stage in the new interior which shares most of its design with the Kodiaq large SUV.
The gear selector has also been moved to the steering column for the first time which has freed up further interior space, according to Skoda.
Sustainability credentials have also been highlighted in the Czech brand’s press release, claiming ‘100 percent recycled materials’ for textiles within its interior, inclusive of the cabin headliner.
With the large Kia Stinger axed, this leaves the Citroen C5 X wagon as the Superb’s only competitor, categorically speaking.
The Volkswagen Passat – which technically sits in the midsize category but rides on the same Volkswagen Group MQB Evo platform as the new Superb – was also discontinued in Australia earlier this year.
The lack of competition leaves relatively clear-air for the Czech sibling which has sold 213 Superbs in the diminishing Australian large car market this year.
For comparison, the Kia Stinger and Volkswagen Passat shifted 1764 and 574 units respectively despite their discontinuations.
Pricing for the new Superb has not yet been confirmed in Australia, however an increase in cost as compared with the current generation, which retails at $65,590 before on road costs for the single liftback and $67,290 for the wagon in the current single variant 206TSI lineup – would be expected.
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