Skoda is working on an all-new Superb luxury saloon based on the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform. The all-new Superb will share its underpinnings with the new Volkswagen Passat, a car that is due to make its debut later this year. The 2016 Superb is likely to be unveiled next year but will arrive in India only by 2016 as it is only recently that Skoda India has facelifted the current version of the Superb. Usually, a couple of years elapse from the time a faceliofted car is launched to the time when its successor arrives. Therefore, a 2016 India launch for the all-new Superb seems to be on the cards.
Coming to the styling of the new model, Autocar reports that the all-new Superb will take design cues from the Vision C concept that Skoda showcased at the recently concluded Geneva Motor Show. The Vision C concept retains the new Skoda family face while adding a triangular design theme for elements such as the headlamps, foglamps and alloy wheels. The new Superb will be larger than ever but the use of the MQB platform is likely to keep matters less weighty. The Vision C concept’s expansive hood and coupe like countenance at the rear are two other interesting design elements.
Given its MQB underpinnings, the all-new 2016 Superb will share engines with the 2015 Passat. The engine range could start with the 1.4 liter TSI turbo petrol motor with the 2 liter TDI turbo diesel motor being the staple on the top-end diesel models. The 1.8 liter turbo petrol engined model will be offered in India while the 3.5 liter V6 petrol-all wheel drive combination is unlikely to make a comeback here although it is likely to be retained for the international market. The turbo petrol and turbo diesel of the 2016 Superb will get power and torque boosts, and will be MQB-only versions.