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by Tim Beissmann

The first images and details of the all-new Skoda Superb Combi have been revealed ahead of the large Czech wagon’s public debut at September’s Frankfurt motor show.

The new Superb wagon shares its Volkswagen Group MQB architecture, major mechanicals, sharp styling and new technology with the Superb liftback sedan that was unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March, and adds an expansive rear load-lugging area.

Skoda claims the 2016 Superb Combi has the largest interior space and luggage compartment in its class – the result of Skoda’s trademark packaging efficiency and the fact that the new wagon has a longer 2841mm wheelbase (+80mm) and wider front and rear tracks (1584mm and 1572mm respectively).

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Boot volume increases 27 litres to a claimed class-leading 660L (35L more than the liftback), while with the rear seats folded forwards maximum volume expands to a cavernous 1950L.

Skoda also says there’s now 39mm more elbow room for the driver and front passenger and segment-leading front and rear headroom. It also claims class-leading rear kneeroom in addition to an extra 70mm of elbowroom for second-row passengers.

The new Skoda Superb wagon will go on sale in Australia around March 2016 at the same time as the liftback sedan, which we drove in Europe earlier this month.

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Local engine options are expected to mirror those available in the sedan, which include 162kW/350Nm and 206kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engines and a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel.

All engines team with six-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmissions, which send drive to the front wheels of the low-power petrol and diesel, and to all four wheels of the high-power petrol variant.

Skoda says some variants of the new Superb wagon are up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

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Wagon specifications should also mirror those of the liftback. If that’s the case, entry models will get a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and high-end variants will get a larger 8.0-inch central display. All will get satellite navigation and the brand’s new SmartLink system that supports Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink and Android Auto.

A reverse-view camera will also be available for the first time, in addition to nine airbags.

Additional tech features of the sedan likely to find their way into the wagon include radar-guided adaptive cruise control, low-speed autonomous city braking, lane assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, and navigation-based speed limit display.

Skoda also hinted earlier this month that the price of the new Superb range will head north into more premium territory, with entry versions kicking off below $45,000 and flagship models topping out closer to $60,000.




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