Will be locally assembled with CKD kits.
The third generation Skoda Superb is tipped to go on sale in India on February 23, 2016, according to multiple reports. When contacted, a spokesman for Skoda Auto India confirmed that the launch will take place in the last week of February, but did not wish to state the exact date.
The new Superb will be the second product for Skoda India to feature the company’s latest design language, first being the Skoda Octavia. Based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Skoda Superb shares 50% of its internals with the 2015 VW Passat (B8). It is 75 kg lighter than its predecessor, despite growing 80 mm in wheelbase, 47 mm in width and 28 mm in overall length.
The flagship Skoda will be equipped with a plethora of premium features such as heated seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers with 3 driving modes, power-adjustable front seat with memory and lumbar support, triple-zone climate control, 8-inch Smartlink infotainment system, and a CANTON audio system.
Engine lineup will comprise of the same powertrain options as the outgoing model, albeit slightly revised for better fuel mileage or performance. It could include a 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine with 180 PS and 250 Nm, as well as a new 2.0-litre TDI motor, capable of 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque. These will be paired to a DSG transmission, though a manual could be offered on the base variant.
Rivals: Toyota Camry
Expected price: INR 20-30 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: February 23, 2016