The Superb 4x4 Outdoor model is designed to offer buyers a more rugged looking version of the standard Superb, but with a four-wheel drive system to help it live up to its biff-and-bash cladded body. In short, it has the Subaru Outback squarely in its sights.
The Superb Outdoor's four-wheel drive system uses a Haldex clutch that can apportion torque between all four wheels individually. Skoda claims the 4x4 Outdoor's underpinnings can help it "combat a range of driving conditions from wet roads to gravel and rough surfaces".
Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with 125kW of power and 350Nm of torque, and it comes fitted as standard with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. Fuel use is rated at 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
Aside from the additional exterior body protection - which includes wheel-arch and sill protection, front and rear bash plates on the bumper bars and 18-inch alloy wheels - the 4x4 Outdoor comes with plenty of gear.
Standard equipment includes alcantara and leather trim, driver fatigue detection, automated boot opening and closing, keyless entry and push-button start, sun-shades on the rear windows, dual-zone climate control, automated parking, front and rear parking sensors, a 6.5-inch media system with satellite navigation and 10-speaker stereo system, tyre pressure monitoring, and bi-xenon headlights with cornering function. The most notable omission is a reverse-view camera, which isn't
The 4x4 Outdoor will sit atop the updated Superb range which was repositioned recently by the Volkswagen-owned Czech brand. The 4x4 Outdoor will arrive in showrooms from October.
Skoda Australia has added drive-away pricing for the Superb (see below).
2014 Skoda Superb range driveaway pricing:
Superb Ambition 118TSI sedan $32,990
Superb Ambition 118TSI wagon $34,690
Superb Elegance 118TSI sedan $42,490
Superb Elegance 118TSI wagon $44,190
Superb Elegance 125TDI sedan $47,990
Superb Elegance 125TDI wagon $49,690
Superb 4x4 Outdoor 125TDI wagon $52,690 (new addition)