2013 Skoda Superb gets new look

* Skoda shows off face-lifted Superb images * Restyled front and rear on hatch and estate version * Will make debut at Shanghai motor show...

2013 Skoda Superb gets new look

The 2013 Skoda Superb has been revealed, complete with a restyled front and rear end for both the hatchback and estate models.

The redesign adds a brand-new front grille, along with revisions to the headlights, foglights, bumper, front wings and bonnet. The Superb also gets bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights for the first time.

Both the estate and hatchback versions get LED rear lights as standard, along with a reshaped light cluster. Two new exterior colours grey and white are available, while various new alloy wheels are also offered.

The engine range has also been tweaked, with Skoda claiming that selected engines use up to 19% less fuel than the outgoing model. The diesel engines get stop-start and kinetic energy-recuperation systems as standard, as does the 123bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. These changes mean that the Superb Greenline has a CO2 rating of just 109g/km, down from 114g/km, while average economy is now 67.3mpg.

The 4x4 138bhp 2.0 diesel now comes with a manual gearbox, while the 2.0 TDI 168bhp 4x4 gets a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Inside, a new selection of seat upholstery designs is available, while range-topping Laurin & Klement cars come with a new brown and ivory dashboard design.

Other additions include Skoda's latest park-assist function and increased storage in the cabin and boot. There are now two separate buttons to operate the hatchback's dual-opening boot, which allows you to open just the bootlid or the whole tailgate,

The 2013 Skoda Superb makes its public debut on the eve of the Shanghai motor show on April 19, with UK sales starting in July.

Prices will be confirmed at the start of May and are not expected to rise dramatically from those of the current car.

By Tom Webster