The interiors of the 2016 Skoda Superb luxury saloon have been revealed, ahead of the car’s 2015 Geneva Motor Show debut. The Superb is Skoda’s big launch for 2015, and the car is expected to arrive into India next year. Based on the Vision C concept, the 2016 Superb embodies the Czech automaker’s new design philosophy and is based on the Volkswagen MQB platform that it shares with the B8 Passat. The interiors too continue the classy design language that all new Skoda cars now feature. High quality materials, premium workmanship and attention to detail are features that the new luxury sal0on’s interiors pack.
From the released images, it is evident that the new car’s insides are similar to that of the MQB Octavia, albeit with slightly different design elements and colours. The steering wheel is small and sporty, with leather cladding for a touch of luxury. The center console is dominated by a touch screen interface, leading to the DSG transmission’s gear shifter, and other buttons that handle different functions of the car. In terms of space, Skoda claims that the 2016 Superb will outdo even its limousine-like predecessor, which is currently on sale in India and other markets. Keeping maneuverability in mind though, a sub-5 meter length will continue to be the major dimension of the car’s outside.
Length goes up by 20 mm while the wheelbase gets stretched by a full 80 mm. A 75 kilogram weight reduction is another aspect of the car that can be directly attributed to the MQB platform. In terms of design, the car is a slightly watered down version of Vision C concept, with plenty of classy lines to boot. The front and rear styling look sharp than before with enough bits to convey that the car is a typical Skoda. To round things off, the twin tail gate mechanism of the boot gets abandoned for a simpler unitary boot lid design.
In terms of engines and transmissions, MQB compliant turbocharged petrol and diesel motors will be offered, and the 3.5 liter V6 petrol will be discontinued from the new model. While Europe will get an all wheel drive variant of the car, the 2016 Superb meant for India will be front wheel driven. 1.8 liter TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines will continue to be offered on this car sold here, with 175 Bhp-250 Nm and 148 Bhp-320 Nm outputs respectively. 7 speed and 6 speed twin clutch DSG automatic transmissions are expected to be offered on most petrol and diesel variants respectively, while the base variants could make do with 6 speed manual gearboxes.