Skoda launched new Superb Sportline trim as its flagship sedan, priced at Rs 28.99 lakh for the petrol model and Rs. 31.49 for diesel. The new mid-spec trim slots below the two variants- Lauren and Klement get sporty cosmetic changes.
The external of the Superb Sportline gets a new red-paint finish (also available in white and grey), which also contains glossy black finish on the roof, wing mirrors, side skirts, grille and on the boot spoiler. The inside texture of fog lamps and headlamps are black in color. Black-and-grey finish is given to the new dual-tone 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the Superb Sportline will get all-black treatment with a contrasting red stitching. To complete the package, the car is fitted with new sporty seats (the front seats are power adjustable and get a memory function) with Alcantara inserts, aluminium pedals, and some carbon-fibre trimming on the dashboard. Along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility and MirrorLink, the Skoda Superb Sportline provides an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a standard three-zone automatic climate control system.
Same as top-spec trim, the safety kit in Sportline includes six airbags, hill-hold control, hill-brake assist and ABS with ESC and EBD, traction control (including anti-slip regulation and an electronic differential), front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
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The Sportline is similar to other Superb variants, as it is only offered with automatic transmission options. the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel motor that produces 177hp and 350Nm of peak torque comes paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission while the are.8-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine that makes 180hp and 250Nm of torque is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic unit. 14.81kpl for the petrol and 18.66kpl for the diesel are the claimed fuel efficiency figures.
The Skoda Superb has an advantage as it provides both petrol and diesel engine options and its range (priced between Rs 25.59 lakh and Rs 32.99 lakh) undercuts its rivals like the Honda Accord Hybrid (Rs 43.21 lakh), Toyota Camry Hybrid (Rs 37.22 lakh) and Volkswagen Passat (Rs 29.99-32.99 lakh). The two Japanese models- Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid are only available as petrol hybrids (that contribute to their higher asking price) while the German car- Volkswagen Passat is only on offer with a diesel motor. During the festive season, the mid-spec sporty trim should help the Skoda to increase the sale.