The face-lifted Skoda Superb has launched internationally on 3rd April 2013, now it is all set to make its debut in India soon. Though the launch date is not final yet but it is rumored that Skoda India will introduce new Superb at the Auto Expo 2014 (i.e. Feb 2014) in Noida. As it has launched in U.K, so here we are giving details of the UK model and expecting that Skoda will launch the same model without any changes in India too.
Price of this updated version is still unrevealed in India, but it has launched in UK with the base price of 19,680 pounds i.e. around 19.6 lakhs.
The current price range of Superb in India is 18.06-24.57 lakhs. So, it would be interesting to see, whether Skoda India will hike the prices of Superb’s updated version or not.
Skoda’s car are said to be the premium cars in India, but in contrary of this, it is also well known for its higher prices, poor after-sale services. Probably, it has the badge of premium brand for Indians because of its product’s prices which are comparatively higher than others, and also it provides so much luxuriant features in its product.
The face-lifted Superb (UK) is equipped with six advanced engine options: three-diesel and three-petrol. These engine variants are 1.4 TSI petrol, 1.8 TSI petrol, 3.6 V6 petrol, 1.6 TDI diesel, 1.6 TDI diesel- Greenline III and 2.0 TDI diesel. Its power output varies between 103.5bhp to 256.3bhp (depending upon engine variants).
Also Skoda approved that this new face-lifted version comes with the improvement of over 19% of fuel efficiency in some engine variants. The existing Superb India is giving the mileage of 13.1-13.7 km/l in petrol version and 17.2 km/l in diesel.
It is also reported that a Start/Stop button is equipped in its 1.4 TSI and diesel engines only which definitely will help to do better between the fuel-pumps.
According to the face-lifted model launched in UK, it has dimension of 4833mm*1817mm*1511mm along with the clear height of 141 mm. It has seating capacity for five passengers with the boot space of 633 liters which can be extended up to 1865 liters after folding the seats.
It has the standard features which includes 3 headrests rear, 4-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel with audio controls on it, air conditioned glove box, alarm with interior monitoring and with tilt sensor, chrome inner door handles, cup holders, front armrest, storage compartment made by glasses, headlight range adjustment, height adjustable driver + passenger seats, split folding rear seats, storage box under passenger seats, storage pockets on the rear of front seats, vanity mirror.
The list doesn’t end here, it also has 12V socket in mid console and boot, 3.5mm aux socket, 8 loudspeakers, cruise control, power windows with child safety system, remote central locking, manual air conditioning, 2-din radio with single CD, bluetooth, tinted glass.
This new Superb seems to have clean lines and distinctive designs from looking outside. Its impressive front boasts a modified and fresh new look with a much broad chrome front grille including new SKODA logo along with refined body color bumpers, front wings and power panoramic sunroofs.
The re-designed bi-xenon headlights are very much highlighting its strong C-shape. It is well equipped with 16 inches spectrum alloys 7, black roof rails, daylight running lights, door mirrors (electrically adjustable), aero windscreen wipers at front, front fog lights, rear LED lights etc.
Road handling & Safety:
Safety wise, it has that entire required features which is needed by a buyer, also with many more premium features. Curtain airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, driver’s knee airbag, side airbags at front, passenger airbag de-activation switch, electronic engine immobilizer, ABS with EBD, door open indicator, speed warning indicator, gear change recommendation etc are well embellished in this face-lifted Superb.
It has strong braking system including disc brakes with inner cooling at front and disc brakes at rear, along with manual handbrakes on rear wheels. The ride of existing Superb in India is said to be a little stiff at low speeds but improves on increasing the speed. This face-lifted sedan is expected to accelerate 0-100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds with the top speed of 250km/h like its predecessor.
Superb is a wonderful sedan by Skoda which offers engine variability, luxuriant interior, exterior as well as safety features and deserves to be a good competitor in its segment. As its face-lifted version is going to hit the Indian market soon, we can only expect for better improvements with not much increment in price. Though company is promising the same that this sedan will launched with better fuel efficiency and more additional features. Lets keep our fingers crossed and wait for its launch.