Skoda, the Czech Republic based automajor, has finally unveiled the new Superb saloon at the Forum Karlín in Prague. The third-generation of the Superb is said to be the best ŠKODA ever and the highlight of the company’s largest-ever model campaign. It would make its public debut at the Geneva Auto Show next month, while market launch in European countries would take place around June, followed by the deliveries in September.
The world premiere of the new Škoda Superb took place in front of 800 guests. And, not only the company welcomed international media representatives but also guests from the group, the company, politics, business and society graced the occasion. To date, more than 700,000 first- and second-generation Superbs have been delivered to customers. New Skoda Superb adorns the exciting design language of the ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ show car into production. “The wheelbase has been increased by 80 mm and at the same time the front vehicle overhang is 61 mm shorter than before. This new architecture provides the car with dynamic elegance,” said Skoda’s Head of Design Jozef Kaba?.
The driver and front seat passenger enjoy 39 mm more elbow room and more headroom. With 157 mm legroom the rear space is almost stately. This is about twice as much as the nearest competitor model. The headroom measures 980 mm; no other model in the segment can offer this. The rear elbow room has increased by 69 mm. The 625-litre boot capacity is the top value in its segment, 30 litres more than in the second-generation Superb. The new Skoda Superb is the brand’s first model offering adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) including Drive Mode Select. New air-conditioning systems, including for the first time three-zone air conditioning, provide optimum temperature control and air quality. An electric sliding and tilting panoramic roof is optional.
As for infotainment, there is a total of four, completely new infotainment systems based on Volkswagen Group’s MIB technology (Modularer Infotainment-Baukasten). The Columbus top model is optionally available with an integrated high-speed internet connection based on the LTE standard. The Skoda Superb can be connected to a smartphone for the first time and selected apps can be operated from the infotainment system’s screen. SmartLink includes MirrorLinkTM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SmartGate interface, developed by the company, allows certain vehicle data to be accessed and on the user’s smartphone apps. The new Media Command app and the Wi-Fi hotspot integrated into the Columbus system allows the infotainment system to be controlled remotely from the rear seats for the first time. The Canton Sound System with 12 speakers and 610 W output turn the new Superb into a concert hall on wheels.
As the new Superb is 75 kgs lighter than the ongoing model, it is around 20 percent more fuel efficient and powerful. The driving dynamics of the new Superb have been improved exceptionally. The new Superb’s completely redeveloped chassis with MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear axle provides optimum driving stability even in demanding situations. 2016 Superb comes with direct-injection turbocharged engines based on MQB technology (five TSI petrol, three TDI common-rail diesel). All powertrains have Stop-Start technology and brake energy recovery as standard. The petrol engines have a power output of between 125bhp and 280bhp, the diesel engines between 120bhp and 190bhp. Except for the entry-level petrol version, all engines are available with modern dual-clutch transmission. Four engines are available with all-wheel drive based on the Haldex 5 clutch.