Skoda Auto India had showcased the BS6-compliant Superb facelift at Auto Expo 2020
Skoda Auto India has finally launched the new facelifted Superb saloon via an exclusive online platform, at a starting price of Rs 29.99 lakh ex-showroom. They also launched Karoq SUV and Rapid TSI today. In 2020MY format, the Skoda Superb gets a range of updates including a new BS6 petrol engine like very other product coming under Skoda Auto Volkswagen India. Bookings are open for Rs 50,000.
Skoda’s revised flagship sedan is available in two variants: Laurin & Klement (L&K) and Sportline. Colour choices for the L&K time include Moon White, Lava Blue, Magic Black, Business Grey and Magnetic Brown. Customers buying the Sportline version can choose between Moon White, Race Blue and Steel Grey. Oddly enough, the Corrida Red shade in which the car was showcased at Auto Expo 2020 will not be available in its portfolio.
In terms of design and styling, the facelifted mid-size premium sedan does not look very different from its predecessor. Exterior changes include a tweaked grille, redesigned front bumper, multi-spoke alloy wheels, subtle chrome treatments, updated LED lighting clusters and a more prominent SKODA badging on the boot lid. Being a facelift, the overall lines and silhouette remain identical. The Sportline edition’s highlights include blacked-out grille, contrast-coloured roof and 5-spoke alloy wheels, in a similar form as on the new Octavia RS245.
Changes are relatively limited on the inside. It includes an updated infotainment system, Virtual Cockpit fully digital instrument cluster and wireless smartphone charging. The L&K variant has beige interiors whereas the Sportline trim features an all-black theme with contrasting red accents.
As mentioned before, Skoda Auto is following a petrol-only strategy for BS6 era. Replacing the old BS4 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine is a new BS6-compliant 2.0-litre TSI unit that generates 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. This is mated to a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic (same unit as before) which powers the front wheels.
Compared to its predecessor, power has gone up by almost 13bhp. In international markets, the Skoda Superb is offered with a range of petrol and diesel engine options as well as in AWD format (front-wheel-biased).
Features that were borrowed from the earlier model include dual-zone climate control, rear sun blinds, panoramic sunroof, Canton sound system, electrically adjustable front seats, and ambient lighting. In terms of safety, Superb facelift gets 8 airbags, front parking sensors, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and more. Once launched, the Skoda Superb facelift will take on rivals such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid and most entry-level luxury sedans from the popular Germans.