2008 Skoda Superb featuring TwinDoor hatch

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The new Skoda Superb was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. As far as I know, Skoda hasn’t released a full technical release on the car yet, but there are some preliminary info on its specifications.

The highlight is of course the Twindoor which you can see in the photo above. It combines the rear boot opening of both a sedan and liftback, though I am not sure why anyone would want it – does anyone see disadvantages of a liftback boot design that requires this additional sedan-like opening? The boot holds 565 litres and folding down the rear seats to extend boot space results in 1670 litres.

Initially the Skoda Superb will come with 3 petrol engines and 3 diesel engines. The petrol engines consist of a baseline 122 horsepower 1.4 litre TSI engine, and next up is a 1.8 litre TSI putting out 158 horsepower. The top of the range petrol engine is the 3.6 FSI V6 producing 256 horsepower.

The oil burner options include a 103 horsepower 1.9 litre TDI, a 138 horsepower 2.0 TDI and a 168 horsepower common rail 2.0 TDI (the other two TDI engines use PD, or Pump-Duse injection, which is conventional unit-injection). There is also a special Skoda Superb GreenLine model equipped with the 103 hp 1.9 litre TDI.

Equipment options for the Skoda Superb includes a bi-xenon headlamps with AFS, a touch-screen navigation system, an automated parking system, and up to 9 airbags. The 1.8 TSI, 3.6 FSI V6, and 2.0 commonrail TDI engines also have the option of an all-wheel drive system.

More photos and a video available after the jump.

VIDEO: New Skoda Superb featuring TwinDoor

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Comments

  • maxtek (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Wow, seems like an E-Class or 5-Series with a Skoda badge.

    The weird part is the boot though, interior design could be more elegant…

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  • imtrcptr (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    advantage to very tall person who x bend down when loading/ off-loading… hehehe.
    Wouldn’t that twin door opening means additional mechanical joint that over time, bcum additional “music instrument” to the squeaking sound?
    Definitely ain’t burn my money 4 that feature – merely stylo

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  • scudz (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I maintain my view that it has the proportions of a whale… but I read somewhere that it is going to be sold at an incredibly cheap price in Europe…

    Guess looks were never its selling point, its the price that matters for this brand / car.

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  • Cyberkayu (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Huh
    3-series front look !!?

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    The rear looks like the combination of previous generation of Renault Megane and Volkswagen Phaeton, bootiful car!

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  • altimi (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    biewtifool interior. The rear looks like a Renault though……

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  • kennytan70 (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Was this suppose to be perdana replacement before the breakdown of talks between VW and Proton?

    Anyway, the front remionds me of a BMW and the back lights, of a E class Benz.

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  • BW (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Hmmm looks a bit like a beemer to me

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  • ZeroHorizone (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    The picture in silver has a front that reminds me of the older Toyota Camry.

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  • drM (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    i bet they are french.

    i know SKoda isnt sound like any french on any earth

    but then, french always try something stupid and horrendous like this.

    lol

    jokes apart, this skoda looks like something luxurious. good interior and quite startling extrior.

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  • faizfadil (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    this car is kinda hideous looking type of sedan…… but the interior is NICE!!!!!!

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  • drgn86 (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    hello drM, are you a dreamer or something? skoda is a brand from the czech republic, a country from eastern europe… please research before you type something which sounds really silly… really only ‘syiok sendiri’ la you…

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Looks like a squashed Volkswagen Touareg.

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  • xenith (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    innovative

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    The designer must have been in a good mood when designing the car, just look at the smiling steering wheel.

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    A poor man’s Phaeton?

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  • kei9 (Member) on Mar 09, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    lol myvikiller..but its the best design yet from skoda..nice. :)

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  • mitlanevo (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:23 am

    not bad, actually most Skoda cars are not bad in terms of design…..

    but the taillights looks silimar to Infiniti….

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  • raybrig85 (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:26 am

    drM…

    how come u said skoda is frm french company???it is from czech…under vw…it is like a cheap vw u can get…u shud noe dis…a simple knowledge…

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  • AvE (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:27 am

    30% bmw look…interior is luxious…look at the center of the speedometer…seems like there’s a guide to reverse parking~ convenient for fresh noob driver…hey there’s a pillow under the steering~ yay can sleep in the legs space hahaha JK~…

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  • mystvearn (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:36 am

    No idea why Skoda wants to make a big boot that has no use. Maybe you bought some tables at IKEA and decide to use tha feature. But if you cannot remove the floorboard covering the boot in the passenger’s side then what is the point. Also, where the rear speakers go, at the rear doors?
    This car is sure desperate. “Chrome air cond vents” No idea what that is for

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  • DarkL1ghT (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I think Skoda is actually not that bad but boy do I hate the nose grill thingy on all their cars.

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  • raptorclans (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Dr. M… Skoda is from the Czech Republic la… do some research into geography~

    Btw, the double door hatch is awesome! Plus the boot interior’s so sci-fi-like. All cars should have that man, it’s so cool + useful. And the steering wheel’s cute :)

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  • Charger (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Looks practical. Now even a sedan can fetch a TV back home! Yay!

    Or a bicycle! Or…washing machine? :)

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  • pOckeTbOcoR (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 9:51 am

    i dont see the need for the liftback boot opening
    what’s the purpose? so that u can put something bigger into the boot?
    then how are u going to close it?

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  • skodian (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Why liftback? European market likes liftback. This is one reason why this new Superb has this feature. Once i want to put a 29′ tv into my car’s boot, but can’t get in as opening is too small. With this feature, i can. In addition, the rear seats can be folded down for more luggage spaces. There is no rear speakers on the back. The new Superb has speakers at both front and rear doors, same as the present model. 4 Speakers in front and 4 Speakers at the back.So the so called “floor board” is actually removable… If you think another way, this is a strategy by skoda to extend their target on fleet market, such as taxi companies.

    BTW, I am a Skoda Superb Owner.

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  • skodian (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Goto to the following weblink for a video of this car
    http://new.skoda-auto.com/COM/model/newsuperb/gallery/multimedia/Pages/mood.aspx

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  • mukhri88 (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Will they sell it here? At what price bracket? Will it be cheaper than a VW sedan? How does Skoda fare in our weather? The 1.8liter with 158hp sounds good.

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  • Xoomie (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t believed that this is a Skoda!!

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  • drM (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    drgn86,

    forgive me if i sound a bit silly,

    but u should have spotted my scarcsm there.

    u should have learn more on acusticals in languages.

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  • mukhri88 (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I guess this is the new trend in mid size sedan design. Start with 5 series, lexus, now skoda, perdana maybe? Overall design la I mean. Not the two step boot.

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  • drgn86 (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    well drM, it’s not only me who was correcting you, but that’s not the issue. if you are talking about the language, why bother about your so called ‘acusticals’?!#* when you can’t even write a simple correct sentence in your post?

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Charger said,
    March 10, 2008 @ 9:47 am

    Looks practical. Now even a sedan can fetch a TV back home! Yay!

    Or a bicycle! Or…washing machine?
    —————————————————————-

    And two Jeremy Clarksons in the boot!

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  • MyviKiller (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Jeremy Clarkson = Hitler of the motoring world.

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  • drM (Member) on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    hang on,

    drgn86, u havent done with it? have u?

    its look like we are having kinda english grammar class or what. i know the grammar isnt right. i know the spelling is all wrong. and even my geography is not that good.

    plus my common knowledge suck. and rubbish. and i cannot make any linguistic jokes or written english jokes whatever. because i might get myself embarrased.

    are u satisfied?

    now, get on with life. off u go!

    ps – owh ya…maybe u can check my spelling as well.

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  • bobdbilder (Member) on Mar 11, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Dudes Chill!!!!

    The finest part of sarcasm is that it is there for our own enjoyment. Now if somebody comes along and finds it amusing, then you have lightened up somebody’s life. Score 1 point to you.

    If the meaning is lost on some people, there is hope that he/she/it will look it up in the dictionary. Better bet with a thesaurus. Or a search engine. But you have increased his/her/it understanding of the world. Score 1 point for yourself.

    Bottom line; Sarcasm is Good!

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  • B1u3Be@m (Member) on Mar 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    This will definitely be on my cool wall :D

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  • juanbeibei (Member) on Mar 12, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    the twin door hatch thing is quite innovative.. easier to store things inside.. bigger entrance space to the boot.. interior is ok juz like vw passat+phaeton which is very nice.. but the exterior proportions and shape are somewhat weird to me.. the body is slightly tilted to the back of the wheelbase.. maybe that is the way to provide more room inside which i am very sure with.. the interior and head room looks good!^^ overall, a nice car!! =)

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  • drgn86 (Member) on Mar 13, 2008 at 1:17 am

    drM is getting a little upset, i guess. well, if u wanna be sarcastic, why can’t other people be too? i was sarcastic in answering your question about ‘acusticals’. so get a life and accept the fact that everyone can give and receive sarcastic comments among each other. by the way, you started your sarcasm, and it doesn’t mean you are the only one who has a right to end it…

    p.s. i have no intention in getting people angry, just chill out and if you feel sensitive, then i’ll say sorry to you mate, but i’m not the only one in the world who will be giving comments like that, please remember…

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  • gods twin (Member) on Jan 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Twin door hatch, deosnt kia sephia and spectra have this already in thier saloon format. Its nothing new. It surely is a cheaper phaeton.

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