This is the new Skoda Superb, the latest generation of the Czech manufacturer's range-topper and a car that's designed to rival everything from the Ford Mondeo to the BMW 3 Series. It's been revealed at the 2015 Geneva motor show and Skoda dealers in the UK will start taking orders in June before first deliveries in September.
What is it?
The latest Superb is only a little bit longer than the outgoing generation, but it gets a much longer wheelbase in an attempt to improve the amount of space on offer for passengers and their luggage.
The car moves on to the same set of chassis components as the VW Passat, but it promises to beat that car on rear accommodation and boot space. The luggage compartment (accessed via a conventional hatchback instead of the old car's novel saloon/hatch combo) is enormous; 625 litres are on offer with the rear seats in place (84 litres more than a Ford Mondeo).
What engines will there be?
The big sellers will be diesels. There's a 1.6-litre 118bhp unit that will emit 96g/km in efficiency-focused GreenLine trim, and not much more than 100g/km with both a regular manual gearbox or Skoda's dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission.
There are also two 2.0-litre diesels, with 148bhp or 187bhp. Again, CO2 emissions shouldn't be higher than 107g/km as manuals; even the four-wheel-drive auto is expected to return around 131g/km.
The petrol motors will book-end the range. The entry-level Superb will be a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 148bhp. It shuts down cylinders to save fuel when you're cruising and emits a respectable 115g/km of CO2.
The top-spec car will be a 276bhp turbocharged petrol, available only with a dual-clutch automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Is it really more spacious than the old car?
The outgoing Superb was known for its spacious cabin, but the new edition does manage to feel a bit more comfortable. Rear passengers won't notice that much more legroom, for example, but they will appreciate extra shoulder room and head room. It should be an extremely comfortable cabin for four grown-ups on a long journey.
How much equipment does it come with?
There will be four trim levels - S, SE, SE-L and Laurin & Klement - but every Superb will get at least dual-zone climate control, a 6.5in colour touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard, city emergency braking and one of the Superb's novel touches: two pocket umbrellas that slot into storage holes in the front doors.
Higher-spec editions will get a larger 8.0in touchscreen, MirrorLink integration with a smartphone and built-in satellite navigation – and the options list can include 4G onboard wi-fi and a neat holder for iPads and other tablet PCs to keep them in place between the rear seats. You can also have an electrically operated hatch that can be activated by waving your foot under the Superb's rear bumper.
Will there be a Superb Estate? Yes. It's due to make its public debut in late spring, and should turn up in showrooms about a month after the hatchback.
How much will it cost?
The entry-level Superb is priced from £18,640 for the 1.4-litre engine in S trim, rising to £21,440 for the 1.6-litre diesel engine with DSG gearbox, and this is roughly in line with the outgoing version which started at £18,690.
SE trim in the new Superb starts at £21,190 for the 1.4-litre petrol and goes up to £23,590 for the AWD 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel variant. SE L Executive comes in at £24,220 for the 1.4-litre petrol, with the 2.0-litre petrol with automatic transmission starting at £27,020, and a four-wheel-drive higher-powered 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel with DSG gearbox costs £30,220.
Range-topping Laurin & Klement trim starts at £30,640 for a 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol with DSG gearbox, and the most expensive model in the range is the 276bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine all-wheel-drive variant with DSG gearbox, costing £34,740. Diesels in this trim start from £28,740 for the lower-powered 2.0-litre TDI, rising to £33,840 for the more potent version of the 2.0-litre in automatic guise with all-wheel-drive.
Can I get a discount? Discounts of around 20% can be found on the outgoing Skoda Superb, so discounts on the new model can be expected but they are unlikely to be as high initially.