A new era as Skoda becomes even more Superb

There was much excitement in the Czech capital Prague last week as the country’s native manufacturer unveiled what it described as “a new era” for ?Skoda.

A new era as Skoda becomes even more Superb

The new Superb, will get its first public airing at the Geneva Show next week and is expected to be on sale here in Ireland from around August or September.

It is bigger, better equipped (it now comes with two umbrellas instead of just the one, for example), more stylish and is all-round more impressive than what went before — which was very impressive in its own right.

Just to give you a small taste of the new Superb, I can tell you that alongside both the umbrellas in the front doors and new options relating to connectivity and comfort, it boasts such as a manually retractable towing device, a tablet holder in the rear, a tablet storage compartment in the Jumbo Box in the front, a USB port and 230 V socket in the rear, single-handed opening for a 0.5-litre bottle and an extra hi-vis vest storage compartment in all four doors.

Although the Superb’s dual function boot — whereby you could open it either as a regular boot or a hatchback at the flick of a lever — has been ditched in the new model with for reasons of weight and space. However, the new hatch-only design has allowed the designers give the car a much more elegant rear-end look.

Versatility is nonetheless increased by the option to fold down the back seats from the boot. The passenger seat can also be folded down. New cargo fasteners secure loose objects in the boot. The Superb also comes with an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap as standard. In addition, there are new storage nets on the inside edges of the front seats and a removable LED torch in the boot.

On the engine front ?Skoda promise engines with a maximum of 30% lower consumption values and emissions. The Superb GreenLine, consumes just 3.7 l/100 km and emits 95g of CO2 per km. A reduction in vehicle weight of up to 75 kg and the improved aerodynamics also contribute to the low consumption values.

The new car will have five TSI petrol engines and three TDI common-rail diesels. All of which meet the EU6 emission standards and come with stop-start technology and brake energy recovery as standard. The petrol engines produce between 92 kW (125 bhp) and 206 kW (280 bhp). The power output of the diesel engines ranges from 88 kW (120 bhp) to 140 kW (190 bhp).

No prices available yet for Ireland.

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