New Skoda Trio For Geneva

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show next month, the third generation Skoda Superb will have its full public premiere – just two weeks after its debut in Prague. Skoda will also be celebrating the premiere of the sporty Fabia Monte Carlo and the powerful Octavia vRS 230.

The new Superb, they say, heralds the dawn of a new era for the company. Over recent years, the Skoda brand has established itself as an international volume manufacturer. Its elegant yet dynamic appearance is supported by the use of the modular transverse matrix (MQB) from the Volkswagen Group. The new model sets standards in terms of room and comfort plus this latest-generation car offers the best head and legroom in the rear and the largest luggage space in its segment. At the same time, the saloon is smarter than ever before, and offers 29 ‘Simply Clever’ details.

For the first time in a Skoda, the Superb features Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), including drive profile selection. Alongside this there is a new air-conditioning system, including new three-zone climate control. An electronic sliding panoramic roof is also available, along with auxiliary heating, heated seats, wirelessly heated windscreen and an electrically operated boot that can also be opened with a ‘virtual pedal’ under the bumper. Thanks to the new parking assistant, the park distance control and the new rear camera, getting in and out of parking spaces has never been easier. And one other feature just in case: an umbrella tucked away in each of the front doors.

The range of safety systems is more comprehensive than ever. These include standard multi-collision brake, as well as Front Assist, including City Emergency Braking, Automatic Distance Control, Proactive Occupant Protection, Lane Assist, Congestion Assistant, Blind Spot Warning, Reverse Parking Assistant, Emergency Assistant, Fatigue Detection, Speed Limiter, Traffic Sign Recognition, Hill Start Assist and an Electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring system. If that lot isn’t enough it also features Smart Light Assist and, with a new high-speed internet connection the Superb is also its own hotspot.

Weight reduced by up to 75kg and with better aerodynamics the new model consumes up to 30% less fuel, emitting less CO² than previously. Despite the reduced consumption, the new engines actually provide more power on the road. Four-wheel drive is also available.

DriveWrite is really looking forward to the new Octavia vRS 230 which will also make its world premiere in Geneva. This automotive powerhouse features a racy design, sporty interior, modern technology and impressive power. This is the car from the Czech maker to feature – as standard – an electronically controlled front axle differential lock for more dynamic cornering. The ‘230’ designation relates to the new vRS special edition’s horsepower, which helps the car accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds with its 169kW or 230PS two-litre petrol engine. The car’s top speed is 155 mph, making it the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time. The Octavia vRS special edition’s European market launch is set for June.

Finally, there’s the new Fabia Monte Carlo also celebrating its world premiere in Geneva in both saloon and estate versions. Skoda’s new small car, launched just a few months ago, shows off its sporty side in the Monte Carlo edition. This attractive package brings a sporty interior and a wide range of features, making the Fabia Monte Carlo one of the most exciting vehicles in its class.
Featured are black 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels, optional sports suspension, black design elements on the exterior, tinted rear and rear side windows and a tinted panoramic glass roof. The interior offers, among other things, a three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, black interior and sports seats with individual design. Skoda just seem to go from strength to strength.

Geoff Maxted