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Skoda has unveiled a replacement for its flagship Superb ahead of the 2015 Geneva motor show.
The full-sized sedan is set to tackle new rivals such as the Hyundai Genesis with a roomier cabin and new technology including autonomous emergency braking, in-car Wi-Fi and a new suite of apps for passengers.
The new car is 28mm longer, 47mm wider and 6mm higher than the already roomy previous model, while a wheelbase 80mm longer than its predecessor results in legroom Skoda claims is “twice as much as the nearest competitor model”.
A 625-litre boot is among the largest in its class, and owners can open its powered tailgate by waving a foot under the rear bumper.
Three-zone climate control should help keep occupants cool, while a panoramic sunroof offers plenty of natural light.
The top line Superb Laurin & Klement trim line, named after the brand’s founding fathers, has luxury touches such as a 12-speaker stereo, 6.5-inch touch screen, adaptive headlights, on-board Wi-Fi and more.
Skoda claims that the new car is 75 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, with the most efficient GreenLine model using just 3.7L/100km.
The Superb’s choice of four-cylinder petrol engines offer between 92kW and 206kW, while diesel motors engines have outputs from 88kW to 140kW. Australian models are likely to be sold in dual-clutch automatic form only, with power going to the front wheels in some models and all four wheels in others.
The entry-level 1.4 TSI petrol motor uses cylinder on demand technology to offer 110kW and 250Nm with an official fuel figure of 4.8L/100km, while a new 1.8 TSI engine uses 5.8L/100km to make 132kW and 250Nm outputs.
The previous model’s flagship 3.6-litre V6 engine has been replaced by a 206kW, 350Nm 2.0-litre petrol motor that produces 15kW more than the outgoing unit.
Riding on the same underpinnings as the new Volkswagen Passat, the Superb is the first Skoda to offer Volkswagen’s three-mode Dynamic Chassis Control system that is standard on machines such as the Golf GTI and Scirocco R
Following in the footsteps of luxury machines such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Superb has umbrellas inside the front doors that offer protection for passengers during inclement weather.
A suite of driver aids includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance programs along with traffic jam assistance for stop-and-go driving, a revised blind spot detection system and an improved self-parking system.
A new infotainment system includes family-friendly smartphone apps that allow children to virtually drive alongside parents during journeys, while other features include a digital sound synthesizer that can substitute the model’s engine sound for that of a racing car or aircraft.
Final prices and specifications will be confirmed closer to the car’s Australian launch in 2016.
Price: To be confirmed.
On sale: 2016.
Engines: 1.4-litre, 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre turbo petrol 4cyl or 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesel 4-cyl.
Power: 110kW (1.4 TSI) 132kW (1.8 TSI) 162kW/206kW (2.0 TSI), 88kW (1.6 TDI)
Torque: 250Nm (1.4 TSI) 320Nm (1.8 TSI) 350Nm (2.0 TSI), 250Nm (1.6 TDI) 340Nm/400Nm (2.0 TDI)
Transmission: 6-speed or 7-speed automatic, FWD or AWD.
Fuel use: 4.8L/100km (1.4TSI) 5.8L/100km (1.8 TSI) 6.1L/100km (2.0 TSI), 3.7L/100km (1.6 TDI) 4.0L/100km (2.0 TDI).