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New Generation Skoda Superb in the works

Snapshot: While the Czech Republic auto-manufacturer Skoda is all set to unveil the Superb facelift at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the company has also started working on the next generation model of the car simultaneously

While the Czech Republic auto-manufacturer Skoda is all set to unveil the Superb facelift at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the company has also started working on the next generation model of the car simultaneously. The company’s chief designer, Jozef Kaban said that the vehicle will carry a universal appeal with all new stunning design. "It has to appeal to families, to the rich in money and also the rich in other things, but has to be classless. And you'll see it soon.”, he said.

He refused to specify the exact launch plans, but said that he was inspired by the iPhone market revolution from "gimmicky flip fronts and lots of buttons to being sleek, simple and blending form and function with nothing superfluous." Kaban confessed that Sokda's future cars will feature hidden tailpipes, based on non RS models. He said that Skoda cars should "remain focused on space and value for money, rather than pretending to be performance cars."

According to Chairman, Board of Directors, Skoda Auto, Winfried Vahland, the new Skoda cars will share the MQB platform with Volkswagen and 50 percent of its parts/components with new VW Passat. “For the next 10 years, the Superb will be the top of the line." Skoda will keep offering the new Superb as a sedan and an estate for Indian market and international markets respectively. However, the hatchback/ dual sedan tailgate boot opening is missing from the new Superb. "It is too expensive," clarified Vahland.

Being a Skoda belonging, the next generation Superb will mark a distinction in terms of size in this segment. With an aim to offer better fuel economy, the next generation will be powered with a light-weight 2.0-litre, four cylinder powertrain. Now, Skoda will be more focused to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the car.

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