Whatever you say about the Volkswagen Group’s obsession with crossovers and SUVs, the group still offers a variety of conventional vehicles. Case in point: The Skoda Superb will live on to the next generation alongside its sister VW Passat, as both will share an assembly line at the redesigned plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. Yes, the Superb will no longer be manufactured in Kvasiny, Czech Republic, and the Passat will lose its Made in Germany label.
Skoda’s exterior design coordinator Petr Matushinets unveiled the styling of the new Superb earlier this year, hinting at an evolutionary design. The company’s flagship is likely to grow in size given that the latest Skoda Octavia is now bigger than ever before. New body types are on the agenda, for example, liftback, station wagon.
Our spies stumbled upon a 2023 Superb, but it was just a test mule in the back of the current generation, so there isn’t much to see here. The sketches show more clearly what to expect from the company’s flagship, which is already turning into an attractive vehicle. The test mule’s vertical air intakes are new, but they are almost nonexistent in the official drawings.
It looks like Skoda has placed weights in the rear seats to simulate the presence of rear passengers and there are some test-related devices attached to the center steel wheels.
Rumors that the next Passat will come exclusively with an automatic transmission could also mean the Superb will lose its clutch pedal. In a recent statement, Skoda CEO Thomas Schaefer said that while plug-in hybrids are not a future he sees only electric vehicles, a PHEV installation still makes sense in the Octavia and Superb.