Prices (Ex-Showroom, Mumbai):
Skoda Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT – Rs. 22.68 Lakhs
Skoda Superb Style 1.8 TSI AT – Rs. 23.92 Lakhs
Skoda Superb L&K 1.8 TSI AT – Rs . 26.89 Lakhs
Skoda Superb Style 2.0 TDI AT – Rs. 26.40 Lakhs
Skoda Superb L&K 2.0 TDI AT – Rs. 29.37 Lakhs
After a really long wait, the new-generation Skoda Superb was finally launched in India today. This extraordinary saloon from the Czech automaker has been topping the charts ever since it was first introduced to India, and we expect it to do the same with it’s 3rd avatar. This iteration comes with some big design and cosmetic updates, along with an array of new features that makes it one of the most desirable offerings in its segment.
What powers the new generation Skoda Superb is the carmaker’s trusted 1.8 TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines. While the petrol unit produces 176bhp and 320Nm of torque, the diesel unit churns out 173bhp and 350Nm of torque. In the petrol version, transmission duties are fulfilled either by a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic unit. The diesel variants only come equipped with a 6-speed DSG automatic. All this power and torque is directed to the exquisite 17-inch alloy wheels.
In terms of dimensions and design, the new generation Skoda Superb is very similar to the Volkswagen Passat or the new Audi A4, because of the new MQB platform that underpins all these cars, including the latest version of the Skoda Octavia.
The Superb gets the beautiful signature butterfly grille by Skoda, and the Bi-Xenon headlights Daytime Running Lights give a very elegant look to the car. Skoda has made this Superb much more sporty with its flashy personality, distinct lines and aggressive stance. The complete car has been given edges and lines that complements the design. The sporty LED tail lamps give the car an edgy feel too.
The interiors of the car feel really spacious (just like the previous Superb), well-appointed, well-equipped. The three-spoke steering, dual-tone dashboard, touchscreen infotainment system, DSG gearbox and a lot of other buttons are very similar to its younger sibling, which makes you wonder that you’re only sitting in a bigger Octavia. Skoda has upgraded the Superb with new features like dual-zone air conditioning, a panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and other smart technologies. The Superb is available in 2 trims – Style and L & K.
So in a nutshell, the new Superb looks much more sporty and aggressive than it’s predecessor. It takes some styling cues from the new Octavia and obviously the Concept Vison C, which is actually pretty good. The side and rear profile makes it look similar to the Audis and Volkswagens due to the sharing of MQB platform. Interiors have been improved considerably and you can actually predict, what button and feature might be found where (because of the similarities with Octavia and Passat). Yet, with that bold and sexy exterior, the new Superb looks massively promising. But what it lacks, is the feel of pure luxury that was present in the previous model, since Skoda chose to make this one a bit sportier. Let’s see whether this works in favour or against this car for the Indian market. It would definitely attract the enthusiasts, but probably not the businessmen.
The new-gen Superb will be going up against the Toyota Camry, Volkswagen Passat, the Mercedes CLA, the Audi A3 and also the upcoming Honda Accord. We can’t wait to get our hands on all of these, to see who takes away the trophy!
Launch Image Source – auto.ndtv.com