Skoda will offer its first petrol particulate filter (PPF) on a car in Australia, this morning confirming a limited run of Superb Scout wagons will be sold Down Under with the emissions-tackling technology.
It's the first time Skoda has offered the Superb Scout in Australia, which will be among the first cars to offer a PPF locally – following in the footsteps of the Peugeot 308 GT – when it touches down in the second quarter of 2020.
Skoda's parent company, Volkswagen, has been vocal in criticising Australia's fuel standards, which allow five times more sulphur in 'premium' unleaded than European fuel.
The cheapest 91 RON 'regular' unleaded in Australia can feature up to 15 times more sulphur than European petrol.
Volkswagen has previously argued our low-grade petrol is incompatible with the petrol particulate filters now required to meet strict European emissions standards in mainstream models.
But it's dipping its toe into the water with the Skoda Superb Scout, trusting owners of a niche limited-edition wagon are less likely to skimp and use cheap 'regular' unleaded fuel instead of the 95 or 98 RON premium unleaded required by engines fitted with a PPF.
"Underfuelling accidentally or to save money at the pump will rapidly require the costly replacement of the [PPF]," said Skoda Australia managing director Michael Irmer.
It costs upwards of $1500 to replace a PPF, and CarAdvice understands just a handful of fills with 91 RON fuel are enough to damage the engine.
The higher-riding take on the Superb wagon will arrive early in the second quarter of 2020, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 200kW and 350Nm. That grunt is put to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Skoda says "several hundred" examples will be offered in Australia, which CarAdvice understands means up to 500 could be sold locally. There's a chance the Scout will be added to the permanent Superb range if demand is strong.
Compared to the regular Superb wagon, the Scout gets a tougher-looking body and 15mm of extra ground clearance.
Pricing will start at $59,490 before on-road costs, and the standard equipment list is generous.
LED head- and taillights are standard, while the cabin gets a fully-digital instrument binnacle, Alcantara and leather trim, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and tri-zone climate control.
Adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, lane-keeping assist, privacy glass, wireless charging, and an electric tailgate are also standard fit.
Metallic paint ($770), Velvet Red ($1100) and Tangerine Orange ($1700) paint, and a sunroof ($1700) are the only options at launch. A tow kit will be added to the options list later.
2020 Skoda Superb Scout pricing
- Scout - $59,490
All prices exclude on-road costs.