With the Octavia’s official unveiling out of the way, Czech car maker Skoda has turned its energies on its next big launch for 2013, the 2014 Superb luxury saloon facelift. New spyshots of the 2014 Superb Facelift have emerged onto the interweb and the latest bunch of spyshots show the Superb Facelift more clearly than before. The car gets a revamped front end with new headlamps, a new grille and a new front bumper. Given that Skoda now has a new logo, the hood of the car is a new item, in order to accommodate the new Skoda logo.
At the rear, the tail lamps get a refresh while the number plate is expected to see a repositioning on the production models of the 2014 Superb Facelift. The engine range of the 2014 Superb facelift is expected to be carried over from the current model while start-stop technology will be the major addition on the new car. So, expect the 2014 Superb to be marginally more fuel efficient than the outgoing version. Skoda is working on a next generation version of the Superb, a car that is expected to debut sometime in 2015. This also means that the latest facelift is the last that the current gen Superb will get.
Expect the facelifted 2014 Skoda Superb luxury saloon to be launched in India by the end of this year. The car will continue to be offered with a 1.8 Liter TSI turbo petrol engine. The petrol engined Superb will serve as an entry level variant while the car will also retain the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine, with the diesel engined variant being priced slightly higher than the petrol engined models. While a 6 speed manual gearbox will be offered on the base-petrol variant of the 2014 Superb with the top end petrol versions getting a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox, the diesel powered models will continue to be offered with a 6 speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox as standard.
In India, the Superb is a strong seller for Skoda with the car being preferred by many luxury saloon buyers as it offers the all-important turbo diesel engine, an option that cars like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata fail to offer. The Superb’s only direct competition is from the Volkswagen Passat sedan, which is available in diesel only guise in India. The Superb is assembled at Skoda India’s Aurangabad plant through imported completely knocked down(CKD) kits. The facelifted model will also follow the same mode of assembly.
Spyshots courtesy AutoEvolution