The Skoda Superb facelift is expected to be seen at the 2020 Auto Expo with a probable market launch in India in the second quarter of 2020. It comes with significant updates.
Skoda unveiled the all-new Superb internationally a few months ago. Now, Skoda was seen testing the Superb facelift in India for the first time. The new Superb comes with refreshed styling that is in line with newer Skoda cars, refreshed interiors and even the option of a plug-in hybrid engine for the first time. Let’s look at it in a little more detail.
The Skoda Superb facelift gets new full LED Matrix headlamps, the first for any Skoda car. The headlamp cluster itself is sleeker than before and has new detailing as well. The air dam on the bumper now stretches across the entire width of the car and also houses the newly designed LED fog lamps. Also, the signature butterfly grille gets a wider chrome band around it. At the rear, the Skoda logo has been substituted with the SKODA lettering written in bold. There’s a also a very slim band of chrome that runs along the entire boot lid and is integrated into the newly designed tail lamps.
The India spec Skoda Superb facelift however features different wheel designs from the one seen abroad. The rim size is smaller with larger profile tires but it still looks very attractive.The test mule was also seen wearing emission testing equipment, which means the Superb facelift will come with BS-6 engines, right from its launch.
Speaking of engines, the Superb facelift comes with a 1.8L, TSI petrol engine and the 2.0L, diesel engine in the international markets. However for India, Skoda will be using the 2.0-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TSI powertrains, both developing 190 hp and compliant with BS6 emission norms. Skoda has also introduced a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the international-spec Superb. It uses a 1.4 liter TSI petrol engine coupled with an electric motor to produce 217 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Howver, it remains to be seen if Skoda will offer this engine in India or not.
On the inside, the Skoda Superb facelift has a new virtual cockpit instrument cluster, and VW’s latest infotainment system. The infotainment screen has been slightly redesigned and it also has new chrome and other trim designs around the cabin. The new Superb also gets new driver-assistance features like predictive cruise control. These are however unlikely to make it to our market though, given the restrictions in India over the public use of certain radar frequencies. Skoda might showcase the Superb facelift at the 2020 Auto Expo with a market launch in the second quarter of next year. Expect to pay a premium over the current price of the Superb.