Skoda makes new Superb smarter
Skoda has loaded its Superb flagship with semi-autonomous driving technology typically found on more expensive vehicles.
The features include adaptive cruise control with lane departure assist, traffic jam assist that can take control during stop-and-go situations and emergency braking that can prevent an accident by automatically stopping if the driver does not take action.
“The new Superb is an indicator of our capabilities and opens a new era for our brand,” Skoda Vice President for Purchasing Dieter Seemann said.
Skoda will build the new Superb in the Czech Republic and China.
With the new car the Volkswagen Group subsidiary aims to exceed the previous-generation Superb’s output, which was more than 700,000 during its life cycle.
The sedan went on sale in June and a wagon variant will be in showrooms after it debuts at the Frankfurt auto show in September.
Skoda says the old Superb was the roomiest model in Europe’s midsize segment and that the new generation is even more spacious because it was switched to VW Group’s MQB architecture, which offers a longer wheelbase and wider track.
The change has helped increase elbow room by 39mm to 1507mm for driver and front passenger and boosted rear legroom to 157mm, nearly double the nearest competitor.
Skoda also says the third-generation Superb’s 625 liters of trunk space is a segment best and 30 liters more than its predecessor.