New Skoda Superb launch on February 23
There's a very good reason why the Skoda Superb is the best luxury sedan you could on this side of Rs 30 lakh. It's just, um, superb. Be it the backseat comfort, acres of cabin space, refined engines, class-leading features, or the price that Skoda asks for it - the Czech luxe sedan makes for an outstanding package.
As if that wasn't enough, Skoda has readied a new, improved version of its stellar sedan. And this time, when Skoda says 'new', it means that. This is the third generation Superb and with it, Skoda is pushing the luxury envelope further, starting with the way it looks. The designers have got rid of the old car's softer lines and made it look sharper and crisper in its latest avatar. It now looks a lot younger and smartly dressed than before. And dare we say, far better proportioned as well.
A similar treatment is evident on the inside, too. Horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines dominate the interiors, giving the cabin a lot of character. What's even better is the space on offer. By adopting the VW Group's MQB platform - yes, it carries the same basic underpinnings as the Octavia and the Audi A3 - Skoda has managed to free up more room this time around. There's more legroom, more knee room, more shoulder room, more headroom - basically more room for almost every part of your body.
Skoda has also added more creature comforts and safety features into its flagship. Internationally, it's packed with seven airbags, electronic stability control, emergency braking, tyre pressure monitor, electronic diff locks, optional cruise control, driving modes, blind spot detection, driver alert system, and travel assist to name a few.
We aren't sure if all of that will make it to India, but what we can confirm is that the new Superb will continue to be offered with the pair of brilliant motors - 178bhp, 1.8-litre TSI and the frugal 175bhp, 2.0-litre TDI diesel. And as far as transmission goes, there's the 7-speed DSG for the petrol and 6-speed DSG for the diesel. A 6-speed manual for the petrol will be on option as well, which should allow Skoda to price the Superb competitively.
That brings us down to the prices. With the new Superb, Skoda is trying to rewrite the rules of the game. And that, we fear, will have a say on its pricing as well. With a lot of new tech gone in the latest Superb, we expect the range to start from Rs 25 lakh for the petrol trim, going up to Rs 30 lakh for the top-spec diesel. Final prices will be out on February 23, when Skoda officially launches its new flagship here. So do come back for more.