Czech car maker Skoda will reveal the facelifted Superb luxury saloon on the 23rd of May, 2019. The facelifted car will be revealed at Slovakia, during the Ice Hockey World Championship. The changes on the facelifted Superb will be incremental and mainly on the interiors; the exterior design will be more of less the same. The center console is expected to get a refresh and the infotainment unit is also likely to be upgraded. Under the hood, changes will be quite extensive, especially for the European market. A Plug-In hybrid powertrain borrowed from the Passat GTE could be the biggest change. This option is not likely to be offered in India, where this best selling car is sold with turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options.
Coming back to the Plug-In hybrid powertrain of the facelifted Superb, the unit will be similar to that on offer with the Passat GTE. This means a 1.4 liter TSI turbocharged petrol engine paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 218 Bhp and 50 kilometers of electric-only range. Such a car would make a lot of sense for those who need a highly fuel efficient and low emission vehicle for short city commutes. This layout could also be the direction that most future cars from Skoda and Volkswagen could take in the face of tightening emissions across the globe. If Skoda does bring the facelifted Superb’s Plug-In hybrid version to India, the car will rival the likes of the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Honda Accord Hybrid.
The Superb that is currently sold here leads the segment in terms of sales. Luxuriously appointed, large and gorgeously designed, the Skoda Superb is sold with two engine options: the 1.8 liter TSI turbocharged petrol with 175 Bhp-320 Nm and the 2 liter TDI turbocharged diesel engine with 175 Bhp-350 Nm. Both engines get twin clutch automatic gearboxes across most variants with the petrol offering a 7 speeder while the diesel gets a 6 speeder. The Superb’s base variant is a petrol engined version with a 6 speed manual gearbox though. Prices of the Superb start from Rs. 25.99 lakhs, and the luxury saloon is assembed through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route at Audi India’s Aurangabad factory. It gets assembled alongside the Volkswagen Passat, with which it shares its platform and range of mechanicals.
While Skoda India has not revealed an exact timeline for launch of the new Superb, we expect the car to be here by the end of this year, or early next year. Keep an eye on this space for more pictures and details of the facelifted car, which is likely to be known as the 2020 Superb.