Czech automaker Skoda has just begun road testing the 2016 Superb luxury saloon, ahead of the car’s 2015 launch. The Volkswagen group owned automaker has just released the second sketch of the 2016 Superb, months after it released the first sketch. The second sketch of the 2016 Superb is much more revealing, in the process clearly showing the design direction of the new car. The 2016 Superb is likely to be showcased early next year, at the Geneva Motor Show. While the car’s international launch will take place next year, an India debut could happen in early 2016, perhaps at that year’s Auto Expo.
The flagship 2016 Superb looks edgier than before but with lines that underscore Skoda’s new design language, a staple across multiple cars beginning from the 2013 Octavia sedan and carried forward by the 2015 Fabia hatchback. Inspired by the SkodaVision C concept, the car is likely to retain a notchback design, with the boot using two folding elements. The interiors will also be completely revamped and the initial crop of spyshots have revealed just that. Since the 2016 Superb will continue to be the most expensive car from Skoda, the car will be a leader in terms of features and creature comforts offered.
The 2016 Superb will use the Volkswagen group’s MQB platform, which it will share with the 2015 Volkswagen Passat. The car will also share scores of parts including engines and transmissions with the 2015 Passat. The Superb will get larger than ever with the increased length and width translating into additional room for the passengers. In terms of dimensions, the wheelbase gets elongated by 75 mm, to clock 2,836 mm. This is significantly longer than the 2015 Passat’s 2,767 mm long wheelbase. However, the overall length will be cropped to a dimension under 5 meters, to keep the new Superb nimble enough.
When it arrives into India by 2016, the new Superb will use the CKD import route into the country. The car is expected to pack in a front wheel drive layout for the Indian car market, with four cylinder turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines that are not dissimilar from what the Skoda Octavia offers. The 1.8 liter TSI and 2.0 liter TDI units will do duty on the 2016 Superb, with 7 and 6 speed twin clutch automatic transmissions being offered on the petrol and diesel motors respectively. The 2016 Superb will continue to be aimed at the chauffeur driven buyers rather than the self drive crowd.