Skoda has taken the wraps off the third generation of its biggest car, the Superb. It makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The original Skoda Superb , launched in 2001, was essentially a stretched Passat saloon. The latest version is based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and comes with a simple hatchback, rather the previous car’s dual boot/tailgate arrangement.

The new Superb is only marginally longer than the car it replaces, but has an extra 94mm in the wheelbase, freeing up extra interior space over its already-vast predecessor. Boot space is equally immense, packing 625 litre with the rear seats up. That’s over 80 litres more than the Ford Mondeo in a smaller footprint.

The styling follows Skoda’s current themes, with a prominent grille and straight, sharp creases. With an Audi A7-esque, elongated fastback shape, it’s almost elegant. Equally, the interior is attractive and gimmick-free.

The engine line-up majors on diesels, ranging from 118bhp to 187bhp. 1.4- and 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols will be available as well, the latter with 276bhp. Not that anyone will buy them. All but smallest petrol engine will be available with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and some will have the option of four-wheel-drive.

For the economy-minded, the diesel GreenLine version will return 76.4mpg and emit 95g/km of Co2.

Four trim levels will be available: S, SE, SE-L and Laurin & Klement. All get dual-zone climate control autonomous emergency braking; a colour screen of at least 6.5-inches; and the Superb’s signature umbrellas that pop out of the back doors. Only the Rolls-Royce Phantom shares that particular feature.

SE adds rear parking sensors and Mirrorlink phone/app functions to the infotainment; SE-L gets satnav. Specs for the top-of-the-range L&K haven’t been released, but the current one gets pretty much every gadget Skoda can cram in

Sales will start later this year, with prices starting at around £20,000. An (even more spacious) estate will follow shortly after.

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