In a bid to stay fresh and more relevant in today’s segment, Skoda is giving the Superb a mini makeover for the 2018 model year. Similar to the newly refreshed Octavia and Kodiaq, the iconic Superb will be featuring new technologies and premium infotainment system for the Columbus, Bolero, Amundsen and Swing.
To start with, Skoda replaces the outdated 8.0-inch infotainment system with the latest 9.2-inch flush glass high resolution infotainment screen on the Columbus. There are also the newly updated Bolero and Amundsen infotainment systems with larger displays measuring 6.5- 8 inches wide. Its entry level version, the Superb Swing is also getting a new 6.5-inch diagonal display.
As part of the mini overhaul, the Superb for the first time will come with Park Distance Control and Maneuver Assist in extended mode. This new smart feature can sense if there are obstacles and at the same time, cautions the driver with an audio and visual alert. To prevent crash, the system is programmed to activate the brakes in case the driver disregards the early warning.
For added comfort and convenience, Skoda will be offering an optional massage feature on the Superb’s driver seat. This option is exclusively available for the higher end model with electrically adjustable ventilation and memory set-ups. On the same note, the newly enhanced Superb will be offered with Digital Voice Enhancement, which lets the driver and the passenger communicate through the microphone mounted at the front.
Providing the Superb with new and better technologies, Skoda has updated the saloon's existing SmartLink+ software. This improves the mobile device’s communication, infotainment and navigation apps linked to the car. The new tech feature includes Care Connect which can be used for emergency services via GPS. The Skoda Connect App meanwhile provides remote access to the vehicle with the use of a smartphone.
For a quieter cabin, the Superb also comes with the latest acoustic film right between the two glass on the front windows. More so, Laurin & Klement, Skoda’s premium range can now be had with black roofline with matching chrome strips for its doors and buffers.
Surprisingly, there are no new updates on the Superb’s bi-xenon headlights even if Skoda’s Karoq, Kodiaq and Octavia are all featuring LEDs. Having said that, Skoda at least will be introducing Velvet Red, a new metallic exterior finish plus a new set of 19-inch Acamar alloy wheels within this year. Before Superb, the Red Velvet body paint was initially available on Octavia RS245 and Kodiaq models. We’re guessing it will take maybe another facelift to get those LEDs in place.