Skoda Auto is all set to launch the new fourth generation of the Octavia by the end of this month. The manufacturer has started producing the new Octavia at their production facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The deliveries of the Octavia are expected to start by the end of May. Once launched the new executive sedan will be competing against the Hyundai Elantra. The price of the Octavia is expected to start from around Rs. 20 lakhs ex-showroom.
Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director – ŠKODA AUTO India, said “The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has always offered a compelling combination of the brand’s emotive design, exquisite interiors, class leading safety, and intelligent connectivity features, and the all new iteration pushes the yardstick further. A twenty year run, and about a hundred thousand satisfied customers, is a testament to its strong equity among discerning car buyers in a dynamically evolving automotive market like India. With the commencement of production, we also commit to a stronger product portfolio as we look to grow our presence in India. In line with our laser sharp focus on customer centricity, we are also rapidly growing our network presence and have introduced several initiatives to ensure an unmatched ownership experience.”
The new Octavia will not be offered with the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that used to produce 143 bhp. Instead, it will now be offered only with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol that produces 190 PS of max power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 7-speed DSG Dual-Clutch automatic gearbox. It is the same engine that the upcoming facelifted version of Kodiaq will be using.
Skoda says that they will be working with the petrol engines from now on. This is part of their INDIA 2.0 plan. So, expect all the upcoming products of Skoda to come with only a petrol engine. The new strategy also says that they will be using the MQB A0 IN platform to increase the localization levels that should help in decreasing the cost of their products. The MQB A0 IN platform is based on the global MQB A0 platform that underpins a lot of vehicles in foreign markets.
The Octavia is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. Due to which the fourth generation of the Octavia is 19mm longer and 15mm wider when compared to its predecessor. This will help in opening more cabin space for the occupants. So, the rear occupants will get even more legroom than before.
The new Octavia does look more elegant than the previous generation. It ditches the split headlamps and now comes with a quad-LED projector setup. The LED Daytime Running Lamps are now L-shaped and at the rear, there are split LED tail lamps.
The Octavia comes with a lot of features. There is a digital driver’s display, touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two-spoke steering wheel, up to 8 airbags, virtual assistant, three-zone climate control, electric sunroof and a lot more. The upholstery gets leather and is finished in beige-on-black to provide a more premium experience.