The next generation model of Skoda Octavia sedan will be unveiled during the 2019 Frankfurt motor show. The motor show, which will be held from 12th of September to 22nd of September, is one of the biggest auto shows around the world. As it will be a generation update and not just a facelift, the new Octavia will come with a host of changes both mechanically as well as aesthetically. It will get a new platform, new interiors along with new powerplants. Though the car will be unveiled in September, the India launch will happen only by the end of next year.
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Like several of the Volkswagen group cars these days, the new generation Octavia will also be based on an updated version of the MQB platform. The same platform is also found on vehicles like the Skoda Kamiq, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Cross among others. As for the exteriors body design changes on the new generation Skoda Octavia, it will still feature its signature notchback design, though the overall profile will be moulded to make the car appear like a typical sedan.
Going by the design of the new generation Skoda Superb, one can say that the new gen Octavia will look impressive. The exteriors will be revamped to bring them more in line with the brand’s new design language. The grille will be made sleeker and wider while the split headlamp design could be dropped, though there is no official word on this yet. LED headlights and tail lights will be present on the car which goes without saying, though the lower end variants could come with regular lights. Some of the styling bits like Matrix headlamps and bold brand lettering on the boot are also likely to mark their presence on the new Octavia.
Talking about the interiors, the new Octavia will get luxurious interiors that will be more premium than the current generation model. The use of better quality materials and soft-touch plastics will be abundant. Moreover, the car will come with several features like voice control and head-up display among others. A few reports suggest that the dashboard layout is expected to remain the same, though it could be given a slight refresh.
Coming to the powertrain and transmission options on the new Skoda Octavia, the car will get a number of engine-gearbox combos internationally. As for the Indian market, Skoda could bring a 48V mild-hybrid setup along with the 1.5-litre, TSI turbo-petrol engine. The current 2.0-litre diesel could also be upgraded to meet the upcoming BSVI emission norms. 2020. Just for reference, the current Octavia has been around in our market since 2013, receiving a prominent facelift in 2017. Once launched in India, the next-gen Octavia will rival the likes of the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra among others.