This week ŠKODA has unveiled its updated flag-ship model, the SUPERB, at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Bratislava.
The new-look SUPERB features a refined exterior and interior design, with new technologies and assistance systems worthy of the model’s position at the top of the range.
The typical ŠKODA grille now bears double slats, is larger and protrudes a little further down into the front bumper. The narrower headlights come with LED technology as standard for the dipped and high beam, daytime running lights and position light, and now reach up to the grille.
At the rear, a horizontal chrome trim connects the full LED taillights and the new ‘ŠKODA’ block lettering replaces the brand’s badge. LED spotlights project ‘ŠKODA’ onto the ground when the doors are opened, as part of the optional ambient lighting.
Completing the model update, new 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels and the colours Crystal Black and Race Blue have been added to the range of customisation options.
The top trim level, L&K, comes with chrome detail side sills and rear
bumper features and chrome trim also surrounds and connects the fog lights in
the front air inlet. The aerodynamically optimised 18-inch Propus Aero alloy
wheels – available as standard – are new; and the standard equipment for the
L&K trim includes adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control all finiched with ‘Laurin
& Klement’ lettering on the front wings.
The new-look SUPERB comes with full LED Matrix headlights, a debut in a ŠKODA production model. This innovative system generates a light beam consisting of several individually-controlled segments, and prevents other road users from being dazzled when the high beam is on. The intelligent technology uses the camera on the windscreen to detect oncoming traffic as well as people and objects reflecting the light, and turns off individual segments of the light beam.
In the SUPERB, there is an optional Virtual Cockpit and a choice of three different infotainment systems. The Bolero radio and the Amundsen navigation system, including maps on an SD card, each come with an eight-inch touchscreen. The Columbus infotainment system displays information on a 9.2-inch touchscreen and features gesture and voice control, as well as a DVD player and a hard drive for music and videos.
SmartLink technology comes as standard for all of the systems and allows access to smartphone apps through the infotainment system’s display. A SIM card provides Internet access, a Wi Fi hotspot and access to the ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. The L&K version is fitted with a CANTON sound system as standard.
There will be a choice of six engines which all comply with the Euro 6d TEMP emissions. There are ten different engine/drive combinations in total to choose from.
All three diesel engines are equipped with an SCR catalytic converter with AdBlue injection and a diesel particulate filter.
All three TSIs are fitted with a petrol particulate filter.
With a generous amount of interior space and a boot capacity of 625 litres in the hatchback and 660 litres in the estate, the SUPERB continues to set benchmarks in the segment.
The elegant interior features new chrome highlights on the instrument panel and door trims and there are also new decorative trims for the centre console and dashboard.
The coloured-contrasting stitching on the leather and Alcantara seats – as well as on the armrests in the doors – is new too. Using the optional keyless vehicle entry system (KESSY), all of the car’s four doors can be opened straight away; the KESSY GO start button comes as standard.
The latest version of Predictive Cruise Control uses images from the camera on the windscreen and data from the navigation system to detect speed restrictions as well as bends, and automatically adjusts the speed in anticipation.
The new Emergency Assist for multi lane roads automatically steers the car to the roadside in emergencies, where it brings the car to a controlled stop. This system uses Lane Assist and Park Assist as well as the Side Assist radar sensors.
The SUPERB now also offers Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection. This warns of a potential collision visually, acoustically and by gently applying the brakes automatically slowing the car down in emergencies. Also making their ŠKODA debut in all of the SUPERB models are a new electromechanical brake booster and aerodynamic covers on the rear axle suspension, which improve driving stability.