Skoda has launched its brand new Superb luxury sedan today in Mumbai. With a starting price of Rs 22.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the petrol Style manual variant, the top-of-the line L & K diesel automatic can be yours for Rs 29.36 lakh.
In what is the Superb’s third generation, this luxury sedan is powered by an all-new 1.8-litre TSI petrol making 178bhp and 320Nm, and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel that’s good for 175bhp and 350Nm. You can spec the petrol version of the Superb with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, the one that goes about in the VW group as the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). The diesel-powered Superb has no transmission options, though. The car will come standard with a six-speed DSG automatic.
The Skoda Superb was unveiled in the presence of Milan Hovorka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India and Sudhir Rao, Chairman and MD, Skoda Auto India, with the Ambassador calling the Superb “flagship of Czech industrial art.”
As it is usual with a Superb, the all new version comes with acres of passenger space, 675 litres of boot space, and with the rear seats folded down, the Superb can swallow a station-wagon-like 1760 litres of stuff. Unlike the previous version, the new Superb does not have the complicated part-sedan-part-hatch boot. Skoda has designed it as a pure hatch with the rear glass area opening itself in its entirety along with the boot, allowing easier access. Besides, the boot can now be opened with a swing of your leg, like in the Merc S-class.
While the hatch opening was a signature Skoda Superb feature, this Czech sedan has always had an umbrella with a wet-case built into the front doors. Things you’d only see in Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. For the new Superb, Skoda has two umbrellas with their own wet cases.
The Superb also comes with eight airbags, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, three-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, in-cabin mood-lighting in three colours, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen interface among other features. This touchscreen is powered by MirrorLink that lets you use Android and iOS-powered smartphones via the in-dash touchscreen.
The new Superb leans on the VW group’s MQB platform and is built with a lighter, stronger steel and alloy composite that reduces the total weight of the Superb by 75kg. Skoda also announced an Online Cost Calculator for its customers that is said to solve ambiguity on service costs.
Between the base and top-of-the-line variants for the Superb, there are three variants with prices of Rs 23.91 lakh for the petrol auto, Rs 26.39 lakh for the diesel auto and Rs 26.89 lakh for the petrol auto L & K (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).