Bernhard Maier, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Skoda Auto spoke to ElectricVehicleWeb last night at the unveiling of the Skoda Vision IN concept here in New Delhi, India. He said not only had he already driven the first prototype of the new 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.
The new Superb and sister vehicle Passat will be manufactured reportedly at a new plant in Turkey with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles from 2022. VW has not confirmed the news with an announcement expected in the coming months. Nothing has been reported about the new Superb’s specifications, but it is safe to expect the car with an evolved look, retaining the MQB platform, and getting electrification. 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 asked 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.