While the 2016 Skoda Superb was officially revealed last week at the Czech Republic, in the run up to the car’s global unveil at the Geneva Motor Show, details about the luxury saloon’s India launch has been revealed. The car will make it to Indian shores not before 2016, giving the current, facelifted model a good two year run at the hustings. The facelifted, current-generation Superb was launched in India in early 2014, and the third generation model will replace it in mid-2016. The 2016 Superb is based on the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform.
Along with the Superb, its platform mate, the B8 Passat, will also be launched in India. The B8 Passat’s launch will precede that of the new Superb by a few months. The India-spec 2016 Superb is expected to use the 2.0 liter TSI turbocharged petrol and the 2.0 TDI turbocharged diesel engines, with front wheel drive layouts. 7 Speed and 6 Speed automatic transmissions are likely to be standard as the top-end petrol and diesel engines do not feature manual gearbox options.
The 2016 Superb will be assembled in India, as is the case with the outgoing model. The Skoda factory at Aurangabad will import CKD kits from the Czech Republic, turning out fully assembled cars. In terms of pricing, the new car is expected to be priced higher than the outgoing model considering the various new features and creature comforts. Also, given that the new luxury saloon is larger on the inside than the version it replaces, and more luxurious too, an upward price surge is something that is a given.
Until 2017, Skoda India will go slow on entering new segments in India, choosing to play a part in the sedan and SUV categories. The Czech car brand will also shore up its service delivery, an area that it is particularly weak in. What this essentially means is, the Czech automaker owned by the Volkswagen group, will have four primary car models – the Rapid, the Yeti, the Octavia and the Superb. The likes of the new Fabia, and the 7 seat luxury SUV that is under development, will not be launched in India until 2017.