Skoda Superb facelift (Photo Credit: Twitter)
The new Skoda Superb facelift is all set to make its debut on May 23 this year. The flagship car of the Skoda will be unveiled during the quarter-final match of IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. However, Czech carmaker will launch Skoda Superb facelift in India later this year.
As promised back in 2017, Skoda may introduce the Superb Facelift with a new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Interestingly, this will be the first time in history when Czech carmaker will be offering a hybrid model.
According to the reports, Skoda may borrow the powertrain from the Volkswagen Passat GTE. And, if it does, then the Superb facelift could get a combination of a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine with an electric motor with the 6-speed DSG transmission. In its pure EV mode, the first-ever electrified Skoda could deliver an emission-free range of around 55km. Importantly, the Superb facelift could also become the most fuel efficient hybrid car in India.
Recently, Skoda Auto’s HR chief Bohan Wojnar hinted at the possibility of launching the hybrid Superb in India. He had said, "Getting the right infrastructure in place for electric vehicles will not happen overnight in India. But I'm sure that a lot will happen in this regard over the next decade — Skoda Auto stands ready as we're marketing fully electric vehicles, and our Superb hybrid cars, for example, will also be of value for the Indian market."
Skoda has currently priced the Superb from Rs 26 lakh to Rs 33.5 lakh and the regular petrol and diesel engine variants of the facelift are expected to be priced similarly.
The current rivals of the Superb in India are Toyota Camry Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid. While the Camry Hybrid is priced at Rs 37.5 lakh and the Accord Hybrid at Rs 43.21 lakh, a hybrid Superb could be priced around Rs 40 lakh.
The only PHEV car available in India right now is the Volvo XC90 T8 Excellence which is priced at Rs 1.31 crore.
NOTE that all the prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.