Skoda India seems to have made up its mind about launching low-cost variant of the Skoda Superb saloon in the Indian car market even as competition in the E-segment sedan space has been hotting-up with arrival of recently launched Hyundai Sonata Fluidic sedan and impending debut of 2012 Toyota Camry. It has been a best seller in this segment, with the petrol and diesel powered variants outselling the competition.
Hence, in order to combat the situation, this cut price variant is named as Ambition and is all-set to break shackles on 18th April’ 2012 in Mumbai. The expected cheaper Ambition variant will see some of its premium features trimmed, in order to get fitted in competitive price bracket of Rs. 18,00,000 for the M/T Petrol Ambition variant and Rs. 22,50,000 for the A/T Diesel Ambition variant (ex-showroom Delhi).
The words ‘cut price’ clearly hint that in order to reduce prices the new Ambition variant will not be equipped with all the existing features of Skoda Superb. Some non-essential features would be omitted from the Ambition variants which would include the Electric Sunroof, touch-screen centre console, Bi-xenon cornering lamps and hill hold and hill descent system.
As of now, this variant will be offered in both fuel choices of petrol and diesel. The petrol version of the Ambition variant will be powered by the 1.8-liter turbocharged petrol engine that is capable of driving a peak power of 160 PS and a peak torque of 250 Nm. The diesel version on the other hand will derive power from the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine capable of pumping out a peak power of 140 PS and a peak torque of 320 Nm.
The diesel engine of the Ambition variant will be mated to the highly applauded six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The petrol engine, on the other hand will be coupled with the mainstream six-speed manual gearbox.
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