The successor to Skoda Auto’s existing flagship that is about to receive a premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show offers new design elements, smart technological solutions and new engines.
Ranging from 77 to 191 kW, three petrol and three diesel engines will be available for the new Skoda Superb. Besides manual transmissions, the portfolio will include automatic DSG transmissions and the fourth 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 (92 kW), the 1.8 TSI (118 kW) and the brand new 3.6 FSI V6 (191 kW). The most powerful version of the Superb will only be available with an automatic DSG transmission and a four-wheel drive system and will appear in the market shortly after the official launch of the new model.
The diesel engine portfolio includes 1.9 TDI PD DPF (77 kW), 2.0 TDI PD DPF (103 kW) and the all-new 2.0 TDI CR DPF (125 kW) 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 either just the boot lid and put small pieces of luggage inside the vehicle or lift the whole tailgate including the rear window, which makes the use of the boot significantly more flexible and comfortable. The sophisticated and well accessible boot offers 565 litres of load space in the basic arrangement, by 85 litres more as compared to the existing model.
On top of the above, the new Superb is going to offer a whole lot of other innovations and design solutions, e.g., AFS (Adaptive Frontlight System) that makes use of the possibility of changing the geometry of the headlamp beam and adapting 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 flexibly than today. Another example of innovation is the all-new high-tech navigation system with a touch screen and a hard disk.
The new Skoda Superb has been developed in Skoda Auto’s Technological Development Department in Mladá Boleslav, the third largest development centre in VW. Just like the brand alone, the Skoda development centre is growing dynamically. Its current extension that is part of the project of building the new 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 stages of designing the vehicle’s exterior and interior, ergonomics as well as integration of various equipment levels.