Report – Next gen Skoda Superb to have longer wheelbase than the VW Passat
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Will stay under 5 metre in length.
Talking to Autocar UK, Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda’s board member for technical development, has revealed that the eagerly awaited next gen Skoda Superb will be unveiled in less than six months. Given the timeframe, the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which will take place in March 2015 appears to be the host of the world premiere.
The senior executive further went on to say that the upcoming flagship sedan will have a sightly longer wheelbase compared to the 2015 VW Passat while being shorter than 5 metre. For reference, the Passat B8 which had its public premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor is underpinned by the MQB platform and has a length and wheelbase of 4,767 mm and 2,791 mm respectively.
Dr. Welsch has stated that the all of Skoda’s future products would focus on offering best-in-class interior space and boot volume. To quote the official, “roominess at a reasonable price” will be the Czech automaker’s mantra. He also hinted that a longer model specific to the Chinese market could also be on the cards. We remind you that the Yeti sold in China has a 60 mm longer wheelbase and an external spare wheel.
Speaking about the Skoda Yeti’s replacement, he hinted that the body length would be increased by about 10 cm to generate more interior space. However, no launch timeframe has been discussed.
The new sedan is expected to reach India sometime in 2016.
Competitors: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, VW Passat
Price: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-showroom India
Expected launch date: H1 2016 in India
2014 Skoda Yeti – Image Gallery (Unreleated)
[Source: Autocar UK]