Skoda releases sketches of the new Superb
Skoda Superb is a much loved car in the Indian Automotive industry, a favorite among corporate honchos. A premium status car to be chauffeured around in and nice to drive on the weekends. Given its Expensive price tag and features, the car is comparable to the VW Passat, Honda Accord and even entry level Mercs.
Skoda gave us a sneak peak of what to expect at the 2014 Geneva Auto show, with the Vision C concept. Given away with the traditional soft and round style of detailing, Skoda has taken a more athletic stance, with a lot of straight lines and sleek design.
From the looks of the car spied testing in China, the front half of the body appears to have a more dynamic structure as compared to the previous model. The front grill seems to have been lowered and the bonnet has straight lines as compared to the soft edges in the current model. The front bumper too seems to have a sharper edge with its fog lamps places perfectly. The headlamps previewed in the sketches are directly from the Vision C concept, but are expected to change when the car finally hits production.
Skoda will base its Superb on the Volkswagen’s MQB platform (Modern Transversal Toolkit), which means the “MQB uses a core “matrix” of components across a wide variety of platforms — for example, sharing a common engine-mounting core for all drivetrains (e.g., gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hybrid and purely electric). As well as reducing weight, the concept allows diverse models, including those from the company’s various brands, to be manufactured at the same plant, further saving costs. The cars wheelbase will be extended by around 20 mm, giving more legroom to the passengers, but at the same time the car will be lighter by close to 75 kgs.
According to reports, the Superb will borrow its heart from the Volkswagen Group. Ranging from a 1.4 Litre 4-cylinder to a 2 litre in different states of tune. Also on offer would be petrol V6 along with all-wheel drive, is also expected to keep the enthusiasts on their toes.
Considering the current model does well with its steep price tag, it is expected this car wouldn’t go easy on your bank account as well. But with the wide range of features and updated engine specifications, you won’t be complaining. The Skoda superb’s main rivals are the VW Passat, Accord and its other entry level German cousins. Skoda Superb has always been a popular choice and the new model shouldn’t disappoint. Expected to be unveiled in February next year, the car should be available on Indian shores by early 2016.