Bernhard Maier, the former Chairman of the Board of Management of Skoda Auto spoke to ElectricVehicleWeb at the unveiling of the Skoda Vision IN concept in New Delhi on February 3. He said not only had he already driven the first prototype of the next generation Skoda Superb, he is confident that the package would exceed what the fully-loaded Octavia offers.
The new Superb will have everything you can think about, and even more than that. It will be an awesome car. I have already not only seen the package, but already drove the very first ‘idea’ of what it would look like, I am not anxious about that (cannibalization). And the better is always the enemy of the good! So the Octavia and the Superb can fight with each other and within the brand.
The new Octavia is the icon of our brand, the newborn Octavia is such a big step forward, but I am not afraid that the current and the next-gen Superb will not be able to take up the challenge.
Skoda Auto last month confirmed that the new Superb will be developed at Mladá Boleslav and that development would be led by Skoda teams. With regards to production, Skoda said it was relocating the manufacture of the next-generation Superb from Kvasiny (Czech) to Bratislava (Slovakia) in 2023 and that the free up of capacity in Czech Republic would be utilized for SUVs. Last year the European media speculated that the new Superb and Passat would be manufactured in Turkey with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles but that plan is apparently scrapped.
It is safe to expect the next generation Superb with an evolved look, retaining the MQB platform, and getting electrification in the form of an iV plug-in hybrid. The car should be unveiled to the media and public in late 2022.
Skoda has said that by 2025, it will have 10 electrified models in various segments, 6 of which will be all-electric, the others hybrids and plug-in hybrids. The new Superb should download the multi-level dashboard design, HUD, tri-zone climate control, improved digital instrument cluster, DSG with shift-by-wire, along with new driver assistance systems, safety systems (such as the Collision Avoidance Assist, Turn Assist, Exit Warning) and ‘Ergo’ rear seat tech from the new Octavia, besides debuting several firsts for the Skoda brand.
When we requested Oliver Stefani, Head of Design of Skoda Auto, his comment on the next-gen Superb and whether the sales pressure exerted by crossovers on the sedan would influence the design, he insisted that the limousine will continue with the tried and tested formula:
The limousine and combi are still very important cars in our segment and also in the future. We know that, in Skoda the number of cars sold in the limousine and combi, are going against the trend, and increasing. So, it (the new Superb) will be a good mix of emotionality and functionality to the car. I have no doubt at all that the next Superb will be a really nice car and very successful.