Skoda is all set to launch the Superb Sportline luxury saloon in India. Don’t be fooled by the Sportline badge though. For the Indian market, the Sportline badging will involve a cosmetic makeover for the luxury car rather than performance enhancement. Here are uncamouflaged pictures of the Superb Sportline.
The Skoda Superb Sportline is expected sit below the top-of-the-line Lauren & Klement variant in terms of price and positioning. Skoda dealers are said to have already begun accepting bookings for the car. Cosmetic changes on the outside will include a dechrome package that will black out parts such as the grille, headlamp inserts, wing mirror housings, side skirts, 19 inch alloy wheels and boot lid spoiler.
On the inside, the all-black treatment will be carried over. The car will get black leather clad interiors with red contrast stitching to add a touch of sportiness. Aluminium pedals and carbon fiber trim on the dashboard will distinguish the Superb Sportline from the regular variants. The turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will be carried over unchanged. No changes are likely to the suspension and driveline as well.
The petrol engine is the 1.8 liter turbocharged TSI unit with 180 Bhp of peak power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The gearbox is a 7 speed, twin clutch DSG item. Although lower Superb Petrol variants offer a 6 speed manual gearbox, the Sportline trim is likely to use the automatic gearbox. The diesel motor is the 2.0 TDI turbocharged unit with 177 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. A 6 speed, twin clutch DSG gearbox is standard with the diesel motor.
Known for its opulent interiors, elegant styling and sharp pricing, the Skoda Superb is one of India’s best selling executive saloons. The Sportline trim’s launch during the festive season is expected to boost sales of the car. Pricing and other details will be out soon considering that the car has already reached dealer stockyards. Watch this space.