The next generation of the Skoda Superb, which will hit the market in 2023, will be an evolutionary design. The Skoda Superb 2023 will look a little bolder and more confident but will be instantly recognizable. Our spies in Austria have now taken the first pictures of a so-called Mule – an old car that has certain elements and the technology of the new model.
Last year, Skoda’s exterior designer Petr Matusinec spoke about the signature design elements likely to apply to the next-generation Superb. According to the new “Skoda Design Criteria”, the Skoda Superb 2023 should have a power dome, a new octagonal radiator grille with higher struts, and narrower and wider headlights that are connected to the radiator grille. At the rear, the new taillights will be slimmer C-shaped units, and the Superb will retain its stately character going forward. And: The new car will be MQB platform retained and electrified with an iV plug-in hybrid.
2023 Skoda Superb interior
In the interior, the new Superb should have the multi-level dashboard, the HUD, the three-zone automatic air conditioning, the improved digital instrument cluster, the DSG with shift-by-wire, and new driver assistance and safety systems (such as the collision avoidance assistant, the turning assistant and take over the exit warning ) and the Ergo “rear seat technology from the new Octavia and also offer some innovations for the Skoda brand. Oliver Stefani, Head of Design, also said last year from Skoda Auto, the next generation Superb and the question of whether crossover sales pressure would influence the design. And he added: “We know that Skoda is increasing the number of sedans and station wagons sold against the trend.
Production of the next generation of the Superb will be relocated from Kvasiny to Bratislava in 2023, as Skoda confirmed last November. As more and more customers prefer SUVs to traditional cars such as sedans and station wagons, demand for the VW Passat is falling in most markets. In the USA, for example, the model will be withdrawn from circulation at the end of the current generation. In Europe, the new strategy to keep selling the Passat is to get Skoda to lower developing and producing costs and only offer the station wagon variant in the next generation, which is ironically called the Passat Variant.
Skoda originally planned to produce its next-generation Superb and next generation Passat from Volkswagen in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. The new plan calls for Volkswagen to produce the two sedans at its plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since the Citigo from Skoda, the Up! Manufactured by Volkswagen, and the Mii by Seat, the site offers one of the lowest production costs of the three plants. Skoda will free up space in the Kvasiny plant for the production of SUVs and other models.
According to the latest media reports, VW is not planning to offer a manual transmission in the next generation of Passat. The Skoda Superb serves a different clientele, but it may also dispense with a manual transmission in the next generation. The Superb MT in the lower price segment could only continue to be offered if there is sufficient demand for this function. Skoda has said that by 2025 there will be 10 electrified models in different segments, 6 of which will be fully electric, the others will be hybrids and plug-in hybrids.