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The Skoda Superb has been given its first major update, with revised front and rear styling and fuel efficiency improvements of up to 19 per cent.

Volkswagen’s Czech brand has redesigned the entire front end of the Superb up to the A-pillar, though the changes are still subtle. Most obvious are the new, straighter-edged headlights and extended lower bumper section that now incorporates the fog lights.

The rear end of both the sedan and wagon gains an equally chiselled look that brings the Skoda Superb into line with the design of fresher range siblings such as the new-generation Octavia and all-new Rapid.

The tail-lights gain striped LEDs while for the first time the Superb makes available bi-xenon headlights that include LED daytime running lights.

Diesel engines plus a new entry-level 92kW 1.4-litre petrol engine for the Skoda Superb include engine stop-start and energy recuperation technology to reduce fuel consumption.

A ‘Greenline’ diesel model uses just 4.2 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

There are minimal changes to the interior, though technology includes the latest-generation semi-automatic parallel parking system and the highest trim level of the Superb is available with a new ivory-brown colour combination (above).

Rear seat space remains limousine-like and boot space continues to be a claimed class-leading 595 litres (633 litres for the wagon).

Skoda Australia says the new Skoda Superb will reach Australia in early 2014. The current range, launched locally in mid 2009, starts from $38,990.




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