It has been some time since we received news of the new 2015 Skoda Superb and today, after a long period of silence the first few pictures of the car testing have surfaced on the Internet.
The car was spotted testing with its production body and it seems to be heavily influenced by Skoda’s Vision C concept. This is part of Skoda’s new design language. Skoda had revealed the Vision C concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
Unlike the more sedate looking current Superb, Skoda's new flagship has a more expressive and dynamic design with tighter front body design and a much lower-positioned front grille. Speculation is that Skoda may continue with its 'twin-door system' of the current model that allows the boot to open on its own or along with the window.
Coming to the platform, it will be underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB platform which can be seen in many of its new models. So this will be a longer and a wider car than the Passat. The wheelbase will be an increased one, offering passengers more legroom in the rear.
As of now it is expected that the mills that run the Passat - the turbocharged petrol and diesel engines - are expected to be used here as well. VW's 236.6bhp 2.0-litre TDI, paired to manual and dual-clutch DSG transmissions driving either the front or all-four wheels could also make an appearance in some of the markets.
Skoda is in the process of broadening its range of models and renewing the existing ones, in what it claims is the most comprehensive model campaign in its history. If these first few pictures of the car are to be taken into consideration then they have done a great job on the design front at least. The Skoda Superb, a luxury car in India, has its fair share of admirers and despite not selling in good numbers, one look at the car on the road is bound to turn heads.
Launch dates are still sketchy as of now but the next Superb is expected to debut at the Geneva motor show in 2015, with sales expected to begin later in the year. The pricing could also undercut that of the Passat.