Skoda India is Planning to Launch a Diesel Engine

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Skoda India is planning to re-introduce diesel engines to its lineup in the Indian market. This move comes as part of the company’s strategy for a diverse need of its customer base. Skoda is planning to bring back the Octavia and also the Superb.  

Skoda Auto’s focus for the Indian market in FY 2021 primarily centered around turbo petrol (TSI) powertrains and the localization of the MQB A0 IN platform. However, the winds of change are blowing as Skoda reevaluates its diesel engine policy. The Czech automaker is now launching the new Superb in both petrol and diesel variants, marking a departure from its earlier decision to discontinue diesel engines in India.

Skoda India’s Octavia and Superb Grand Return

In 2019, Skoda discontinued the diesel engine in India, going with a petrol-only line-up, a smart move followed by all the companies of the Volkswagen Group. The comeback of the diesel engine can help carmakers maintain their sales in the premium segment. 

Skoda India is all set to make a grand comeback with its luxury sedans – the Octavia and the Superb. Petr Janeba, Brand Director for Skoda Auto India, shared insights into the company’s plans. Skoda aims to reintroduce these models via the parts and also the components (CKD) route. Also, in the Completely Built-Up (CBU) way, keeping the interests of the existing customer base in mind.

Janeba said, “Keeping around 70,000 Octavia customers and 25,000 Superb owners in mind, Skoda is looking to offer the latest versions of these cars”. 

The Superb is here to steal the spotlight with the introduction of a diesel powertrain. Skoda India is also exclusively planning to bring back the Superb with a diesel engine, providing customers with more choices. The Octavia, along with the locally manufactured models, will continue to be powered by turbo petrol engines. The new generation Kodiaq, initially offered as a petrol trim, might later see the introduction of a diesel version.

Skoda India Superb Specifications

The Superb, a global favorite, boasts a range of engine options worldwide. It includes a 2-litre turbo petrol engine generating 201bhp and also a 2-litre diesel engine with an output of 147bhp. Both engines are paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, promising a smooth and powerful driving experience. The Superb is anticipated to make its much-awaited debut in India next year.

Skoda Auto’s Head of International Sales, Petr Janeba, confirmed the company’s strategy to reintroduce diesel engines in India. Despite the increasing preference for petrol vehicles due to stringent emission norms, Skoda recognizes the demand for diesel engines in certain segments, particularly for larger MPVs and SUVs. Therefore, the upcoming Skoda Superb is set to lead the diesel engine revival in the Indian automotive market.

Additionally, the 2024 Superb, launched globally in November 2023, is set to grace the Indian roads with its redesigned exterior and interior. Available in both sedan and Combi estate versions. The Superb offers an array of features, including LED Matrix beam headlights and also a 13-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Diesel Superb’s Engine Options

The diesel variant of the Superb sedan will offer two powertrain options. A 2.0L TDi diesel engine with outputs of 148bhp (front-wheel drive) and 190bhp (all-wheel drive). Both options are available with a 7-speed DSG transmission, ensuring a dynamic and also efficient driving experience. Skoda also plans to import around 1,000 units of the diesel Superb, indicating a strategic approach to gauge market demand.


Skoda India’s decision to reconsider its diesel engine strategy and bring back the Octavia and Superb reflects a keen understanding of the Indian market’s diverse preferences. As the automotive landscape evolves, Skoda’s commitment to offering a mix of petrol and also diesel options is a testament to its adaptability and customer-centric approach. With the Superb leading the diesel revival charge, Skoda India is all set for a return to the hearts of Indian car enthusiasts. 

Skoda India discontinued Superb in 2021 in India because of the implementation of BS6 stage 2 emission norms. The company is planning to bring up diesel cars in India again through the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route. Also, the first batch of these diesel Skoda cars is going to make its entry late this year. This re-introduction of Diesel cars is a part of the ‘India 2.0’ strategy. 

India has been a country where diesel cars demand is growing, and Skoda is planning a diesel engine. Superb made its debut on 2 November 2023 offering six engine options internationally. 

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