Though an 80-year-old brand in Europe, the Skoda Superb has been around in India for many years as well. One thing, however, that has remained constant across model generations is its value proposition, of an aggressively-priced premium saloon with luxury features. Skoda has now decided to re-skin its flagship model to give it a few more years in the market, before an all-new Superb is launched in 2016. Expected to be unveiled at the Auto Expo next month, the Superb facelift gets the sharper new Skoda design philosophy that made its debut with the new Octavia sedan in October last year. However, mechanicals and interiors largely stay the same.
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What makes the Superb a deal worth its name is largely the fact that it is now the only diesel premium sedan in the market. A major facelift should thus help the saloonówhich is already the market leaderóstay afloat in a highly competitive scenario. Other Superb USPs also stay the same, which include best-in-class rear space, a great automatic transmission and German (Czech, really!) build quality.
The only change on the inside is a new four-spoke steering wheel similar to the Octavia. It is the outside that has really gone under the knifeógone are the bulky, beefy looks, Skoda has forced the Superb to get a gym membership to sharpen its edges out. On the back, the number plate has moved to the boot lid from the rear bumper, while tail-lights have been redesigned with LEDs for a more premium look akin to the rest of the Volkswagen family sedans. At the front, the bi-xenon headlights now incorporate daytime running LEDs. There is also the all-new Skoda logo that has ditched the green in favour of black and silver, and new alloys for the wheels.
The Superb remains a comfortable ride with good road manners and, in a way, it is a good thing that the suspension has not been tinkered with. Engines remain the same as well, the range starts with a 1.8-litre petrol TSI engine putting out 160PS and available with both automatic and manual transmissions. There is also a 2-litre diesel TDI engine putting out 140PS.
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While the refresh does give the second-generation Superb a new lease of life, a few more upgrades, especially in the interiors, would have been great. Considering that the Superb is