2018 Skoda Superb to receive new tech updates and infotainment system

Article by Christian A., on May 30, 2017

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To start with, Skoda replaces the outdated 8.0-inch infotainment system with the latest 9.2-inch flush glass high resolution infotainment screen on the Columbus.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.

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ŠKODA SUPERB with the new equipment for even better comfort and safety

ŠKODA upgrades the flagship of its model range. From the end of May 2017 the ŠKODA SUPERB and ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI will be rolled out with numerous innovations. These includes automatic emergency call as additional security - and comfort features, and extended connectivity solutions.

Care Connect with automatic emergency call
With the new model year, the ŠKODA SUPERB limousine and ŠKODA SUPERB COMBI comes with Care Connect as a standard from the equipment version Ambition – regardless of the choice of infotainment system.

The most important feature of the Care Connect is the automatic emergency call, which is activated following an accident if a restraint system has been triggered. The vehicle establishes a voice and data connection to an emergency call centre and transmits all the necessary data. The emergency call can also be initiated manually via a button in the roof module.

In addition, remote access to the vehicle is now possible via the ŠKODA Connect App. The smartphone can inform the driver, among other things, whether the windows and doors are closed or the lights are off. The parking position function shows the location of the vehicle, the "Honk & Flash" function makes it easier to find the car by activating the horn and hazard lights.

Infotainment: 9.2" screen in the glass design and SmartLink
Numerous functions can now be operated with optimised infotainment systems for the ŠKODA SUPERB. The display of the Columbus navigation system has grown from 8 to 9.2 inches and the system Swing from 5 to 6.5 inches. In addition, the glass design enhances the high-resolution displays.

With the SmartLink+ system on board, the ŠKODA SUPERB now offers additional possibilities for networking between the vehicle and smartphone. SmartLink+ brings navigation, infotainment and communication apps from the mobile phone into the car and also provides vehicle data for the evaluation on the smartphone.

Driver assistance systems: Park Distance Control
ŠKODA SUPERB is helping to avoid dents while parking. This is ensured by the Park Distance Control system with extended function Manoeuvre Assist, which now also detects obstacles in front of the vehicle. The system not only warns the driver with optical and acoustic signals but also brakes the vehicle automatically if necessary.

Driver´s seat with a massage function, improved communication climate and noise level
As a comfortable travelling vehicle for the whole family, the character of the ŠKODA SUPERB has been further strengthened with new equipment features. The optional massage function for the driver's seat, which is available with the electrically adjustable variant, including ventilation and memory function, ensures increased comfort on long distances. Also the communication among occupants is improved with Digital Voice Enhancement, which transmits the driver's and front passenger's voice to the passengers in the rear via a microphone in the cockpit. Additional improvements also contribute to lower noise levels - the front side windows are newly available with an acoustic film between the two glass surfaces.

The new design of the 19-inch light-alloy Acamar rims underscores the elegant appearance of the Czech top model. In addition, the revised ŠKODA SUPERB can be ordered later this year in a new elegant car body metallic colour Velvet Red.

Chrome strips on side buffers and doors and a black interior ceiling will be available for the L&K equipment version making the refined top version of ŠKODA’s flagship even more impressive from the end of May 2017.

Source: Skoda

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