For its flagship sedan Superb, Skoda has launched its new trim Sportline. Priced at Rs. 28.99 lakh (ex showroom) for the petrol engine and Rs. 31.49 lakh (ex showroom) for the diesel engine, the new Sportline trim slots right below the spec’d out Lauren & Klement variant. As the name suggest, the new trim gets sporty cosmetic enhancements.
The exteriors gets a new red paint job with glossy black finish on the roof rails. The variant is also offered with white and grey colour options. The glossy black finish extends to front grille, wing mirrors, side skirts and on the boot spoiler. The fog lamps and headlamps also gets revised blackened elements. The 17 inch alloy wheels gets dual tone black and grey finish.
The interior too gets sporty treatment. The new trim sports an all black cabin with contrasting red stitching to enhance the sportiness of the vehicle. The seats gets Alcantara inserts where the front two seats also gets powered adjustments with memory options. Bits like LED ambience lights, aluminium peddles, carbon fibre inserts on the dash enhances the dynamic appeal of the car. The Sportline gets an 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility while a three zone automatic climate control system comes as standard.
Mechanically, there isn’t any revision made. The Sportline trim is offered in two configurations. A 1.8 litre, four cylinder, turbo petrol engine that produces 180 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque which comes mated to 7 speed dual clutch automatic unit and a 2 litre, four cylinder, turbo diesel motor that produces 177 bhp of power and 350 Nm of peak torque which comes paired to a 6 speed dual clutch transmission. The safety features are similar to the top spec variant and comes with six airbags, ABS with ESC and EBD, hill hold control and hill brake assist, traction control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.
The Skoda Superb competes against the likes of Volkswagen Passat, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Superb manages to undercut the Japanese brand by severe margins and with festival season round the corner, the pricing of the new trim could make some serious bump in sales figures for the Skoda Superb.