The Skoda Superb 2015 is to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It arrives in the UK in the summer and is hailed as a serious competitor to the Ford Mondeo and BMW Series 3. The new Superb isn’t pushing the envelope on cutting edge technology but Skoda promise improved functionality and quality.
The boot is much larger and rear legroom is improved, in fact, Skoda claim rear legroom is double that of the Insignia. The two smaller umbrellas in each of the front doors replace the previous big umbrella in the rear door.
Although it shares some features like the Fabia it is bolder and more self consciously designed. Some of the design themes on the Vision C concept car which Skoda revealed at the Geneva show last year are present in the new Superb. The dumpy rear three quarter look of the old Superb is dumped and instead the car has a coupe like roofline and adopts a more sporty profile. Also, the wheelbase is extended and is 80mm longer than the previous model. Slim headlights are influenced in design by Czech cut crystal.
Electric gizmos galore are in the new car such as the ‘Virtual Pedal’, the driver waves their foot under the rear bumper and the boot opens like magic. From next year wireless smartphone charging will be included and right now the car has Apple CarPlay.
In the UK petrol engines will be offered and the entry level Superb will be a 1.4 turbo petrol with 148bhp and CO2 emissions of 115g/km. The engine at the top of the range will be 276bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol with a seven speed DSG automatic gearbox and four wheel drive, emitting 164g/km of CO2. In the UK market four trim levels will be available.
Skoda chairman Prof Dr Winfried Vahland says: “We want to be the best in the class – at the very top. We’re not talking about beating the Passat here – that’s moved up a class – but we want the new Superb to sit above cars like the Vauxhall Insignia. We want to be the most technological model you can buy in this class.”
Skoda expect the vast majority of sales, about 70% in Europe, to be fleet sales. First deliveries are expected in September. Nothing concrete has been said about the price but rumours are it will be in the range of £20,000 to £35,000. Let us know what you think of it in the comments box below.