Snapshot: Three major upcoming products will be showcased at Skoda India’s pavilion at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. All three products will be launched in India over the next few months. Apart from the facelifted models, Skoda will also showcase the 2013 Octavia. Notably, all three product showcases by Skoda at the Auto Expo will be facelifts. The Volkswagen group owned Czech automaker is going slow on new car launches in the Indian car market until 2015.
2014 Skoda Superb Facelift
The car gets a makeover in terms of the exterior design while the insides get minor tweaks to appear more fresher. The facelifted model will keep the Superb brand warm until an all new MQB platform based model will replace it next year. Engines and transmissions of the facelifted Superb remain unchanged. A 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine (138 Bhp-320 Nm) and a 1.8 liter TSI turbo petrol engine (158 Bhp-250 Nm) will be carried over, along with the 6 speed manual and DSG automatic gearboxes for the diesel variant, and the 6 speed manual and 7 speed DSG automatic gearboxes for the petrol variant. The facelifted Superb is likely to be pricier than the outgoing version.
2014 Skoda Yeti Facelift
Like the 2014 Superb, the facelifted Yeti also gets minor changes. The exteriors see a design change while the interiors see minor updates. The Yeti will continue to motor on with the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engines in 108 Bhp-250 Nm and 140 Bhp-320 Nm states of tune. While the less powerful engine gets a 5 speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels of the Yeti, the more powerful diesel motor gets a 6 speed manual gearbox that drives all four wheels of the crossover through a Haldex clutch system.
Skoda Rapid Ultima
The Rapid Ultima is a special edition version of the C-Segment car from Skoda. The Rapid Ultima adds two tone finishes for the dashboard and the leather seats while the outsides of the car get graphics and the “ultima edition” badging. The car is likely to be a diesel-only affair with the 1.6 liter TDI turbo diesel engine (104 Bhp-250 Nm) being retained along with the 5 speed manual gearbox. Skoda India is likely to launch the Euro-styled Rapid in India as a part of the car’s next facelift.