Skoda unveil first official pics of new Superb estate
These are the first official pictures of the Skoda Superb estate, which will be available to order in June and is expected to start from £20,000.
With the estate accounting for more than 70% of UK sales with the outgoing generation, it is true to say that this all-new version of the Superb estate will be a significant car for the brand, despite Skoda predicting that the stylish saloon will increase its share to nearer 40%.
With the rear seats in place, the boot has grown by 27-litres to 660-litres. To put that into perspective, that is more than 60-litres bigger than the Mercedes-Benz E-class. Although the company has not announced carrying capability with the rear pews folded, based on its predecessor’s 1,865-litres, we expect the new Superb estate to boast around 1,950-litres.
From the B-pillar forwards, the estate and hatchback are identical. However, beyond this, the estate will be able to claim business-class levels of space thanks to the higher and extended roofline, meaning that headroom will be almost as generous as the class-leading leg-room.
From the outside, the rear has a steeply raked rear screen which lead to sharp LED tail-lamps. The overall look is more sporty and considerably sharper than the previous generation and belies a car measuring a whopping 4,856mm in length – 23mm more than the hatchback.
Like the hatchback version, the Superb estate is underpinned by the VW Group’s versatile MQB architecture. It shares its technology with the Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Golf and larger VW Passat.
Under the bonnet, things are exactly the same as they are for the hatchback, although thanks to the added weight, emissions are likely to rise by about a gramme of CO2 per kilometre.
Petrol lovers will have the choice of a 148bhp 1.4 turbocharged TSI or a 276bhp 2.0 turbocharged TSI 4x4. The smaller 123bhp 1.4 TSI is not on offer to British buyers. Diesel lovers have the option of either a 118bhp 1.6 TDI or a 187bhp 2.0 TDI 4x4.
Trim levels are also expected to mirror the hatch, meaning you will be able to select from S, SE, SE Business, SE L Executive and Laurin & Klement versions.
The estate is expected to command a premium of £1,200 more than the hatch, meaning the entry-level 1.4 TSI will cost £19,890. One option that is unique to the estate will be the full-length panoramic sunroof with an electric-opening front section. This is likely to cost you a further £800.
The order books will open in the middle of next month. The first deliveries are expected to dovetail into those of the hatchback (give or take a couple of weeks), meaning customers should start receiving their cars in September, after it has made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show.
At present, there are no plans for a Superb vRS or Superb Scout.
This article was prepared by our car news team First4Auto
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