After the various spyshots that have surfaced from time to time not to forget the images of the new bumper that the 2013 Superb saloon will use, this could perhaps be the first image of the facelifted Skoda Superb. The car will be launched globally in the middle of 2013 and is expected to eventually arrive into India as well. An end of life facelift, the 2013 Superb will do duty for a couple of more years before an all new next generation model arrives to replace it. So, the 2013 facelift of the Superb is expected to largely be a mild affair.
On the front end, the headlamps, grille and front bumper get a once over. At the rear, the tail lamps, boot lid and the bumper get refreshed. On the inside, expect better quality materials and a bunch of new features. The engine line up is expected to be largely unchanged barring the addition of a more powerful turbo diesel engine on the top of the line model for Europe. unchanged while start-stop technology could make it to the 2013 Superb as a fuel saving feature. The European Superb saloon will get a more powerful version of the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine.
The 2 liter TDI motor will deliver 170 Bhp-350 Nm and will be mated to a DSG dual clutch gearbox that’ll in turn transmit power and torque to all four wheels of the car through an all wheel drive system. In India, Skoda is expected to stick to the 140 Bhp-320 Nm guise of the 2 Liter TDI engine while the petrol model could continue being powered by the 1.8 Liter TSI mill. The Superb, with its long wheelbase design is a top selling D-segment luxury car in India. The facelifted model could continue this model’s stellar run at the hustings.
In India, the Superb’s main competition comes from the Volkswagen Passat, which is the only other D-segment sedan that is sold with a turbo diesel engine. The rest of the D-Segment sedans sold in India, like the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Nissan Teana and the Hyundai Sonata all come with petrol engines. So, the Skoda Superb and the Volkswagen Passat are the preferred choices of D-segment buyers looking for a more fuel efficient car.