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2016 Skoda New Cars

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Details of the new and updated Skoda models launching in Australia in 2016.

Skoda Superb interior

Superb — Q1

There’s only one new model launch for Czech brand Skoda in 2016 — the all-new and massively improved Superb.

As befits the name, our first drive of the new model in Europe this year attested to that very fact.

The new Superb brings to the table a more premium design, an even longer wheelbase and body to add to its class-topping rear seat space, and an appreciably more upmarket cabin design.

Inside, Skoda is promising an even greater array of clever touches than before. True Skoda fans will be relieved to hear that the Rolls-Royce-aping umbrella holders in the doors remain — in fact, instead of just one umbrella in the rear-left door, there is now one in each of the front doors.

Other interesting touches include: a mechanically retractable towing device, a tablet holder in the rear and a tablet storage compartment in the front Jumbo Box, a USB port and 230V socket in the rear, grippy bottle holders that allow single-handed opening of 0.5-litre bottles and an extra high-visibility vest storage compartment in all four doors.

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Despite the increased dimensions, the use of Volkswagen’s MQB architecture — understood to be a stretched iteration of that used on the all-new VW Passat rather than the Golf as with the outgoing car — has shaved up to 75kg off the kerb weight. There’s a completely redeveloped chassis with MacPherson strut front and a multi-link rear axle.

Australia will get the fettled 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel that premiered in the new Passat, plus a 162kW/350Nm 162TSI petrol version. Topping out the range is the 206TSI, using an uprated petrol turbo pumping out a Golf R-matching 206kW.

This 30 per cent more efficient engine replaces the old car’s 3.6-litre atmo V6, which produced ‘just’ 191kW/350Nm.

The new Superb is the brand’s first model to offer adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control, a system of adjustable driving modes from Sport to Comfort. VW’s XDS+, a function of the electronic diff lock that brakes the inside front wheel, is also standard fare.