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- Sep 13, 2018
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Show up in one of these. Done. That was fairly simple, wasn’t it? Jokes apart, it does seem like the Skoda Superb is all set to get a new variant very soon. The Sportline, as the name suggests, is a racier version of the luxury sedan.
What’s new? Not much if you’re focussing on the design end of things. It still looks identical to the sharp and chiselled Superb. However, there are a few minor tweaks. For instance, all of the chrome has been chucked in the bin. That has been replaced by glossy black inserts that add a dose of sportiness. Complementing the black pack are blacked out mirror caps, a black roof, lip spoiler and side skirts. From the image Skoda India shared on its website, it’s clear that the vehicle is also sporting a larger set of (possibly 19-inch) alloy wheels.
While Skoda India hasn’t showcased the interiors of the India-spec Sportline yet, we’re expecting it to be identical to the version sold in Europe (see below). This means we’re looking at beige being replaced by black and some part of the leather on the seat being ditched for Alcantara. To drive the sporty theme home, you get bucket seats, a sportier flat-bottom steering wheel as well as aluminium pedals. The gloss black panels on the dash make way for faux carbon-fibre ones.
Under the bonnet, we’re expecting the same 1.8-litre TSI and 2.0-litre TDI engines to be carried forward. These engines make 180PS/320Nm (petrol manual), 180PS/250Nm (petrol auto) and 177PS/350Nm (diesel auto), respectively. Globally, the Skoda Superb Sportline is also offered with the 2.0 TSI engine that develops a whopping 230PS of power and 350Nm of torque. Should Skoda choose to offer this engine in India, it’d definitely bump up the excitement factor by a couple of notches. That said, a few rumours suggest that Skoda is likely to stick to the same set of engines.
There are more mechanical tweaks to the Sportline, including a 15mm drop in ride height and the inclusion of an electronic differential lock. Another addition comes in the form of ‘Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control’ that essentially controls individual shock absorbers to offer comfort or handling performance. It remains to be seen if all of these goodies make their way to the India-spec Sportline.
When launched, expect to pay at least a lakh or two over the standard Superb that retails for Rs 25.59 lakh to Rs 32.99 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).Recommended Variant : Superb Style 2.0 TDI AT
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