Skoda's flagship Superb Sportline has been confirmed for an Australian release in late February, where it will likely sit as the most premium offering in the Czech brand's stable.
Based on the current range-topping all-wheel drive 206TSI Superb sedan and wagon, currently priced at $50,990 before on-roads and $52,690 respectively, the Sportline adds minor styling tweaks and is expected to herald even higher standard equipment levels in Skoda's popular large car.
From the outside, the Sportline will be distinguished by blacked out front grille, side-view mirrors and boot spoiler (for sedan versions), alongside new-look alloy wheels for a more aggressive and sporty appearance.
Although interior changes are not yet detailed, Volkswagen Group Australia general manager of corporate communications Paul Pottinger says the introduction of the Sportline is the result of demand for a fully loaded Superb.
"We are getting almost all our Superb customers specifying ‘Christmas trees' as we call them – fully kitted cars," he said.
"A lot of them are going for the 206TSI with all the packs, and the sunroof, and everything you can get. There was obviously some demand for a slightly more visually alluring thing… a visual hint that they've specified the top of the tree if you will – a cool looking Superb."
Mr Pottinger says the incoming Sportline is, "essentially a kitted-up 206TSI Superb", leading to speculation the new sedan could come with the increased safety technologies found in the optional Tech Pack, including adaptive chassis control, lane-keep assist and automatic parking assist; or with more convenience features found in the Comfort Pack, which includes cooled front leather seats, as well as front and rear heated seats.
Using the same 206kW/350Nm turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder powertrain as the 206TSI, expect the Superb Sportline to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just under six seconds and return a combined fuel economy average of around 8.9L/100km.
Last year, Skoda enjoyed its most successful sales year in Australia, amassing 4760 new registrations, and celebrated by introducing a new five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty for its entire model range.