FRANKFURT -- Skoda has released details and pictures of its latest-generation Superb flagship, claiming the midsize model is the best car it has ever made.
The Superb, which will debut at next month's Geneva auto show, is an important image carrier for the brand and in Germany it has often been considered a "better Passat" than its VW sibling model thanks to its high level of content offered at a lower price.
Skoda wants the Superb's updated appearance to be more appealing to buyers. To give the car a clean and crisp look, designers incorporated elements from the Vision C concept that was unveiled at last year's Geneva show.
"As an important pillar of our growth strategy, the new Superb points the brand’s way into the future and will attract new business and private customers to Skoda,” brand chief Winfried Vahland said in a statement on Tuesday.
The car is the second Skoda after the Octavia underpinned by VW Group's MQB platform that is also used by the new VW Passat and compact models including the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia.
Although its wheelbase is 80mm longer than the current car, the new Superb weighs 75kg less and is up to 30 percent more fuel efficient thanks to its lighter weight and improved aerodynamics. The Superb GreenLine version uses 3.7 liters of fuel per 100km and has CO2 emissions of 95 grams per km.