Skoda has launched the facelifted version of the Superb Sedan in the Indian market at Rs 18.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The car made its global premiere in April and was unveiled for the Indian market at the 2014 Auto Expo on February 6. Changes to the flagship sedan are mostly cosmetic, both on the inside and the outside, with the mechanicals remaining same as the outgoing model. We have already driven the car and have detailed the changes that Skoda has made to the facelifted Superb.
The facelifted Skoda Superb gets the new family face grille as well as logo giving it a more modern appearance but still retains the distinct Skoda identity. The chrome-laced grille made its India debut on the 2013 Skoda Octavia while the new black and silver logo was first seen on newer models of the Rapid sedan. It also gets a honeycomb design air intake and this replaces the slat design that was seen on the previous car.
Skoda is, for the first time, offering bi-xenon headlamps and daytime LEDs with the Superb. On the side, the overall profile remains the same but the Superb has now got a revised design for the alloy wheels. At the back, Skoda has redesigned the tail lamps to make the C-shaped lights more precise and now even the tail light cluster is a full LED unit. The boot lid as well as the rear bumper has also been redesigned and now looks similar to the design of the Superb’s sibling, the Volkswagen Passat.
Inside, the Czech automaker has given the facelifted Superb a new Bolero music system with a CD changer that is now a standard feature across all variants. The upholstery options as well interior design all remain the same as the out-going model. On the global models however, optional extras include automatic parking assist, panoramic glass roof with solar cells and a touch screen infotainment system which comes with a 30GB hard disk.
The Skoda Superb facelift is offered in five variants-three petrol and two diesels. The petrol is the 1.8-TSI that produces 158bhp/250Nm of torque and a 2.0-litre diesel that does 140bhp/320Nm. Both engines can be had with a six-speed automatic while only the petrol is offered with a six-speed manual.
It competes with the Toyota Camry and the VW Passat but is relatively on its own thanks to the Camary not having a diesel and the Passat having a much higher price tag.
Prices for the facelifted Skoda Superb (ex-showroom Delhi)
Skoda Superb Ambition 1.8 TSI MT- Rs 18.87 lakh
Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8 TSI MT- Rs 20.65 lakh
Skoda Superb Elegance 1.8 TSI AT- Rs 22.27 lakh
Skoda Superb Ambition 2.0 TDI CR AT- Rs 23.43 lakh
Skoda Superb Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT- Rs 25.20 lakh