Škoda introduced the fourth generation of its flagship sedan, the Superb, in late 2023 for the 2024 model year, continuing its presence in the European midsize-sedan segment.
Škoda introduced the Superb nameplate in the 30s, but after WWII, in 1949, the model was withdrawn from the assembly lines. The country needed affordable cars, not expensive and luxurious vehicles powered by V8 gasoline engines. But the nameplate remained in Škoda's inventory, and after Volkswagen bought the Czech automaker, it considered introducing it. That didn't happen until 2001 when it used a long-wheelbase platform of the Volkswagen Passat and created the new Superb.
It was an immense success. Not only was the vehicle more comfortable than its shorter German sibling, but it also came with some unique features unseen on budget-friendly cars, such as umbrellas in the rear doors. By 2023, the Superb reached its fourth generation, and just like the second and third generations, it was available in two shapes: sedan and station wagon.
The Czech car manufacturer continued to pen its vehicles in the cubist design language. As a result, at first sight, the 2024 Superb looked like a larger Škoda Octavia, its smaller sibling. And yet, there were significant differences other than the longer wheelbase. At the front, the sharp lines of the headlights featured two LED blocks inside them for high and low beams, underlined by the daytime running light strips that were also used for turn signals.
The main element of the front fascia was the upper grille, which dominated it with its chromed vertical slats and octagonal shape, where the upper middle section was pinched down. Still, there were no curved lines here either. The lower bumper, on the other hand, sported a second air intake rounded towards the outer sides and featured a diamond-pattern mesh trim. From its profile, the Superb kept its ascending waistline from the previous generation, with an up-kick towards the ends of the rear doors. Finally, the back of the vehicle sported a sloped window and a short deck. On the rear fascia, the taillights' shapes mimicked those of the headlights, a design theme carried over from the Superb's second generation. Last but not least, despite looking like a sedan, the car was actually a hatchback, with its tailgate shaped in two steps: the window and the trunk lid.
Inside, customers found an elegant cabin packed with up-to-date technologies, such as a 10" Virtual Cockpit (digital instrument cluster) and a 13" touchscreen placed atop the center stack in a free-floating position. Below this, the automaker installed three digital dials that included small displays with a haptic feedback feature.
As a result, all of them could control various functions depending on how they were rotated, swiped, or touched. The long wheelbase of the vehicle helped with the legroom for the rear-seated passengers, so there was no problem fitting three adults on the split-folding bench seat.
Under its hood, the fourth generation of the Superb offered customers a wide choice of engines that included a mild-hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, three gasoline powerplants, and two turbo-diesel units. All versions were paired with DSG automatic (dual-clutch) transmissions, and the most potent versions were fitted with traction on all corners.
Information about this model's engines has not been yet made public, but we will add it as soon as the car is launched or more data becomes available