Skoda plans a sporty Superb, but not a vRS - Report

12/01/2015 - 15:24 | ,   | Paranjay Dutt

The 2016 Superb will be unveiled next month in Prague.

According to a report by Simpsons Skoda, the 2016 Skoda Superb could get a sporty version, but it will not wear the vRS badge.

2016 Skoda Superb rendering front three quarter
The 2016 Skoda Superb will be powered by a range of 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Rendering by Shoeb Kalania.

A sporty version, as the report says, is likely to have better looks but not necessarily better performance. The main issue that works against the inclusion of a vRS version in the line up is the increase in price, mentioned Skoda CEO Dr Winfried Vahland. He adds that customers look for value and while the Superb will have good performance, it won't "over-perform".

The Czech car maker will unveil the next-generation car next month while a global premiere will be made at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March. Based on the same platform as the new Passat (also India bound), the new Superb will continue to be powered by a range of 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The Twin-Door boot opening will make way for a conventional hatchback (like in the Octavia). The boot will be larger, offering 625 litres of luggage space. And talking about dimensions, the car is said to 20 mm longer and 50 mm wider than the current version, which explains the earlier report's claims about it being more spacious on the inside.

Skoda VisionC front three quarter at 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed
The new Superb draws its inspiration from the Skoda VisionC Concept.

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In terms of looks, the 2016 Superb is inspired from the VisionC Concept, and as the rendering shows, it has come a long way from how the current car looks.

Competitors: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, VW Passat
Expected price: INR 20-25 lakhs, ex-Showroom (India)
Expected launch: Late 2015 or early 2016 (India)

[Source - Simpsons Skoda]

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