Skoda's big exec gets its final reveal before the Geneva debut
25 January 2008

Skoda has officially revealed its second-generation Superb ahead of the premium saloon’s official launch at the Geneva motor show in March. The Czech brand’s new flagship is a significantly larger and more luxurious proposition than its predecessor, however its most innovative feature is a practical one. Called the ‘twin door system’, it allows the saloon boot lid to open on its own or - to allow for bulkier items to be loaded – it will open in tandem with the rear window. The added convenience will prove ‘revolutionary’ says Skoda, and the new Superb’s larger dimensions mean that luggage space is up to an estate car-rivalling 1670 litres with rear seats folded. Another surprise is the second Superb’s aggressive front end, with imposing grille and oversized Skoda badge that perhaps won’t suit all tastes. But in the cabin we can expect a high-end affair, with most models benefiting from upmarket soft-touch materials, a 30GB MP3 multimedia system and satellite navigation. Petrol engines on offer range from a tiny, tax-friendly 1.4-litre TSI with 125bhp, to a better-suited 3.6-litre FSI V6 with a Haldex clutch four-wheel-drive system. And the most popular model is expected to be a 1.9-litre TDI diesel. Autocar’s Hilton Holloway has already been behind the wheel of a near-production Superb and rated its smooth drive very highly. With this new model Skoda could be about to shake up the premium market.

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25 January 2008

Twin Door System eh! Just what difference would it make opening the whole tailgate instead of the 'saloon lid' to even load small items? Hatch and saloons are designed to offer different types flexibility from each other, hence why many marques offer different body styles. What a gimmick.

25 January 2008

The return of the Renault Safrane?

25 January 2008

I love it! Having had a Skoda for two years putting plenty of miles on it, I know how well built and reliable they are.

When my 159 is due for replacement, I will seriously consider it.

25 January 2008

Hi guys,

I'm the czech guy outthere :-). I have to say that liftback taigate is a great thing. Skoda has been having a great success with this solution in octavia. The bay in saloons is usually much longer than higher and therefore it's difficult to load bigger objects like bycicle there, even though once fitted, they are accomodated without problem.

Don't think it's revolutionary, as it could equally be liftback only, but this is the marketing - give the saloon guys the saloon! Of course the torsional stiffness could have been better without this, but if it's gonna ride well, then what the hell :-).

Maybe there's market for saloon with added practicality, who knows - for skoda it will certainly pay off, as they don't plan to make a combi so it's the only way to keep the practically thinking people satisfied..

cheers,

-- p


25 January 2008

I wondered where i'd seen the back before, looks like another huge LEMON coming to the market.

25 January 2008

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I wondered where i'd seen the back before, looks like another huge LEMON coming to the market.

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Not exactly Lemon, but similar to the rear of the new Mondeo, which to my eyes is not very nice.

Still love the car though.

25 January 2008

Looks alright. I think Mercedes have nicked the headlights and turned them upside down for the new SL! Interior looks excellent. That said - financial reasons aside - can't imagine why the reader above would swap a 159 for this.

25 January 2008

[quote julianphillips]can't imagine why the reader above would swap a 159 for this.[/quote]

I would not swap it before the 159 was ready for changing. Company cars get changed about every 3 years. By which time I will have done the Alfa thing. The Superb, offers masses of space and with a young family would be a better choice, plus I would be going for the top of the range.

25 January 2008

I like the front end styling far better than the bland Octavia and odd looking Fabia.

If Skoda facelifted the other two models with this styling I am sure they would sell many more.

25 January 2008

I know what you been. I have a boy on the way in May so I'm handing in the keys to my Golf GTI 3dr in March and exchanging for a Volvo V50 'R Design', which is the sportiest looking thing with a big boot for the pushchair that I could afford.

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