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Magnificent Makeover

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 12:32pm IST | Agency: DNA
Following a brand new Octavia last year, Skoda recently launched a facelifted version of its flagship sedan, the Superb. A look at what’s new
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The Skoda Superb in its second generation guise has been around since 2009.  Now, five years into its life cycle, Skoda has deemed fit to put the Superb through a facelift process, in order to keep the sedan still relevant till a brand new version of the car arrives in a few years time.

The first real change you notice is at the front of the car, where the bumper has been revised along with a new grille, reshaped hood and the new logo, all of which now bear the latest Skoda design language. The headlights also get a bit of a retreatment to an edgier design which now features prominent LED daytime running lights on the sides. Around the back, the similar redesign philosophy continues as the Superb now receives a cleaner bumper, new tail lights with LED strips and a slash across the boot lid. On the inside, changes are not really noticeable. There’s a new three-spoke steering wheel for the automatic gearbox version and a four-spoker for the manual.

Mechanically, the Superb remains unchanged and is offered in an option of either a 1.8 TSI petrol motor or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel mill. Both engines come equipped with the 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox (although the manual option is available only with the petrol motor). For a luxury car buyer who isn’t sucked into the rut of badge value, it really doesn’t get much better than this.

Fast facts
Skoda Superb Fast Facts
Petrol
Engine: 1798cc TFSI, Inline-4, 16-valve DOHC
Power: 160PS @ 4500–6200rpm
Torque: 250Nm @ 1500–4500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual  / 7-speed DSG (auto)
Kerb weight: 1533 – 1567kg

Diesel
Engine: 1968cc TDI CR, Inline-4, 16-valve DOHC
Power: 140PS @ 4200rpm
Torque: 320Nm @ 1750–2500rpm
Transmission: 6-speed DSG (auto)
Kerb weight: 1608kg
Price: TBA
Expected Launch: Auto Expo 2014


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