December 6, 2022

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The new Skoda Superb is a reliable aerospace giant

The new Skoda Superb is a reliable aerospace giant

Adel Adel: Skoda Superb Technical transformation awaits. After all, from 2035 onwards, only in full electric carsold. But the calendar is only set for 2022, so the Superb has at least one generation waiting for it with its combustion engines. Nice and traditional, which is a refreshing turn. This tradition doesn’t just apply to the Superb powertrain; It applies to the whole concept of the largest “classic” model from Skoda. Since the introduction of the first Superb developed under Volkswagen in 2001, interior space has been one of the model’s greatest advantages.

More Passat +

We’d like to take a moment to think about that cool “first,” because that was so special. It was not just a Skoda version of the current Volkswagen Passat in China. The rear side window that was in the Passat’s D-pillar is integrated into the tailgate of this great model. The first Skoda Superb was a “Volkswagend” in China as part of a special interaction, which led to the Passat Lingye. This strange background information only ends with Superb Combi. Since the Skoda was related to the Chinese, the long Passat and there was no station wagon, there was no Combi in addition to the Superb, which has always served as a sedan. The second generation Superb became a standalone model. For example, thanks to its twindoor tailgate, it was a sedan, hatchback and for the first time there was a station wagon: the Combi. The current Superb III is also available as a Combi, although the only other body style is now just a hatchback. Combi currently appears to be the constant in the Superb range and so Skoda will also stick to this moving dance floor for the next generation. Previous spy photos confirm this. But of course this was not the case.

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Skoda Superb (illustration: Andrei Avarvari)

No EV, but iV

The next generation of the Superb’s sister model – the Volkswagen Passat – only comes as a variant, making this wagon in effect no longer a ‘variant’. No more Passat sedan, but for the great new car we’re simply betting on two backs.

Like its Volkswagen sibling, the new Skoda Superb will soon use the existing MQB platform again, albeit as a modern benchmark. Will there also be a cool electric car? Probably not, but in any case counting on the arrival of one or more additional hybrid variants that Skoda pins on its iV label.

The naturally realistic Superb is given an elegant body full of nooks, folds, lines and other frills on Mladá Boleslav’s drawing boards. Although the current Superb, despite its age, is still a perfect fit for the Skoda family, the new model with influences from its younger sister model is a little fresher for today. The side mirrors go from the A-pillars to the doors and the model also gets a shoulder line facing slightly upwards, which also affects the shape of the rear side window.

No doubt the Czechs are trying to give the design more dynamism with this, but don’t let that affect you too much. The new Superb will be a real mule again, and that’s a good thing. The current five-doors take in at least 625 liters while the Combi swallows at least 660 liters, even before you level the back seat. Even more than ten centimeters longer than the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

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Spyshots Skoda Superb

The new Skoda Superb can already prove itself during tests as a towing vehicle

Helping hand

We expect to bring the new Skoda Superb to market in 2024. After the Octavia (111,000 units) and Fabia (87,000 units), the Superb is the best-selling Skoda of all time in the Netherlands. In 2016, the Czech giga had a peak year; Then more than 3,000 copies left the Dutch showrooms. However, in 2021, it had to put up with Enyaq, Octavia, Kodiaq, Karoq, Kamiq, Fabia and Scala and in 2020 Superb also lagged behind almost the entire model range of the brand in terms of sales. So he can use a helping hand. And that will come. A brand new, traditional midsize car from a manufacturer that doesn’t describe itself as premium. Who would have expected that in 2022?