Czech automaker’s Indian arm has launched the new Skoda Superb Facelift in the Indian market today with prices starting at Rs 18.87 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
Skoda India has entered its new refreshed Superb into the Indian market today with prices starting at Rs 18.87 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi.) The Skoda Superb Facelift was first unveiled last week at the on-going 2014 Auto Expo and will be seen posing at Skoda’s exhibit until February 11, 2014 at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
For the model year 2014, the Skoda Superb has received some subtle styling updates, especially at the front and the rear of the sedan. The most noticeable change at the front is an all new ’butterfly’ grille with the brand new, two-tone Skoda logo, reshaped head lamps and fog lamps and a re-profiled bumper and bonnet. The front also features the new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights, which in the top-level, Elegance trim gets power washers as standard. The turn indicator is now a C-shaped strip of seven LED segments.
At the rear, you will see newly designed bumpers, spoiler and boot lid, which have been tweaked to look more angular. The rear LED tail lamps have been redesigned, while the number plate has been repositioned from the bumper to on the boot lid. The revised ‘Skoda’ badge and the ’Superb’ badge, which uses the new company typeface has now been repositioned to the bottom of the boot lid from the centre. The sedan also gets a new set of 10-spoke ’Helix’ alloy wheels to stand on.
On the inside, the Superb Facelift features a new four-spoke steering wheel, new gear lever and new colour schemes. New feature includes an Automatic Reverse Parking system and electrically adjustable front passenger seat. In the base level Ambition trim, you now also get the much better ‘Bolero’ audio player with a CD changer and Bluetooth telephony.
The oily bits remain unchanged, for the Superb Facelift will continue to be powered with the same set of engine options that serve the current sedan. This includes a 1.8-litre TSI petrol unit, a 2.0-litre TDI and a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine. The 1.8-litre TSI unit can be had with either the 6-Speed manual or a 7-Speed DSG automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre diesel and the 3.6-litre V6 unit are only being offered with a 6-Speed DSG automatic transmission.
Overall, the refreshed Skoda Superb facelift may not be a complete departure from the current sedan. But it has succeeded in packaging new set of features and a fresh look that was called for, to mask the age and the outdated design of the current Superb. Needless to say, the mid-life makeover has done that successfully. Moreover, entry-level buyers would surely appreciate the few added features in the base Ambition trim.
Furthermore, the Czech automaker has reportedly, already started work on an all-new next generation Superb at Skoda’s global headquarters, which will be based on Volkswagen Groups’s new MQB platform. This all-new Superb will share as much as 50 per cent of its parts with the upcoming next-gen Volkswagen Passat. However, the next-gen Superb will only arrive in the Indian market in 2015.