The new Skoda Superb successor to Skoda Auto’s existing flagship that will premier at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show offers new design elements, smart technological solutions and new engines.
Ranging from 105bhp to 260bhp, three petrol and three diesel engines will be available for the new Superb. Besides manual transmissions, the choices will include automatic DSG transmissions and the newest generation of the Haldex four-wheel drive system.
All petrol engines are equipped with a direct injection system to reduce fuel consumption and improve the engines’ environmental parameters. The petrol engine portfolio includes the all-new four-cylinder 1.4 TSI (125bhp), the 1.8 TSI (160bhp) and the brand new 3.6 FSI V6 (260bhp). The most powerful version of the Superb will be paired with an automatic DSG transmission and a four-wheel drive system and will be available shortly after the official launch of the new model.
The diesel engine portfolio includes 1.9 TDI PD (105bhp), 2.0 TDI PD DPF (140bhp) and the all-new 2.0 TDI CR DPF (170 bhp) with common rail injection.
Another major innovation is TWINDOOR, a unique tailgate opening system developed and patented by Skoda engineers. This smart and useful solution makes it possible to open just the boot lid when loading "normal" sized item or lift the entire tailgate, including the rear window, which makes the use of the boot significantly more flexible and comfortable. The sophisticated and easily accessible boot offers 565 litres of load space in the basic arrangement, 85 litres more compared to the current model.
On top of the above, the new Superb will offer a lot of other innovations and design solutions, such as AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System) that changes the geometry of the headlamp beam and adapts the lighting in front of the vehicle to suit different driving conditions, thus enabling the driver to identify obstacles and react to them in time even more than today. Another example of innovation is the all-new high-tech DVD based navigation system with touch screen interface and a hard disk to store music on.
The new Skoda Superb has been developed in Skoda Auto’s Technological Development Department in Mladá Boleslav, the third largest development centre in Volkswagen. Just like the brand itself, the Skoda development centre is growing dynamically. The extension of the Skoda Auto Technology Centre is backed by a EUR 38 million investment. Skoda Auto uses state-of-the-art technology for its vehicle development operations, including a virtual reality centre that makes it possible to significantly reduce and optimise the development process, particularly in the early stages of designing the vehicle’s exterior and interior, ergonomics as well as integration of various equipment levels.