Skoda has announced that they will be launching the facelifted Superb on February 10. The company's flagship sedan was launched earlier this week at the Auto Expo and will replace the current car, which was launched back in 2009.
Though the new Superb receives many cosmetic changes both inside and outside, the base architecture and the mechanics have been carried forward from the current car. The exterior receives few changes which includes a new grille with the new logo. The front bumper now gets a honeycomb-shaped air intake. Along the sides, the A-pillar has been redesigned and wears new alloy wheels. The Superb, for the first time, will be offered with bi-xenon headlights and integrated LED DRLs. The rear has also been restyled and now includes new tail lamps with integrated LED graphics, creating a ‘C’. The Superb retains all of its practical bits like the spacious interiors and the humungous 56- litre notchback boot.
The interiors have also been lifted from the current car and is now offered with the option of black or beige interiors with leather upholstery. The standard safety kit will include six airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, cruise control and traction control. Other creature comforts will include a six-CD changer, rear parking sensors, electrically adjustable OVRMs, rain sensing wipers and a touch screen infotainment system with more than six speakers.
Mechanically, the engine line-up for India will also remain the same. The car will continue to use the 1.8-litre TSI petrol and the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. While the former produces 158bhp and 250Nm of torque, the diesel will produce 138bhp and 320Nm of torque. Both engines will be available with a six-speed manual whereas the diesel will also get the option of a six-speed DSG.
The Superb has been one of the top-sellers in the D+ Segment in India. Expected to be priced in the Rs 19 to Rs24 lakh bracket, the car will go up against the VW Passat, Hyundai Sonata, Honda Accord and the Nissan Teana.