Skoda is launching the all-new Octavia in the third week of September and the car has been given out to select media and others for a drive recently in Himachal. During the course of the drive it has emerged that the new Octavia will have three engine choices on offer in India. This is the rebirth of the Skoda Octavia brand in India, and the car is likely to sell alongside the Laura at a slight premium – although the Laura could be phased out later.
There will be two petrol engine choices offered and a single diesel engine in the Octavia line-up. The Skoda Octavia will come with the 1.8 litre TSI (turbo-petrol) engine that the current Laura comes with, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission (DSG gearbox found even in the Skoda Superb petrol). The engine has been upgraded to now put out 180 bhp of power (from the previous 160 bhp). It will also put out slightly more torque than before. Also read: New Skoda Octavia returns to India
The second engine choice is the 1.4 litre TSI (turbo-petrol) that is found in the Volkswagen Jetta. This engine puts out about 140 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque with a six-speed manual transmission.
The third engine would be the tried-and-tested 2-litre diesel engine that the Laura and Yeti share, putting out slightly more power at 143 bhp, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission depending on the variant.
In terms of variants, there will be three variants starting with the base Active variant with a 1.4 petrol and 2-litre diesel, a mid-trim Ambition variant with the 1.4 litre petrol and 2 litre diesel and the top-end Elegance variant with 1.8 petrol and 2-litre diesel variants. The car will come in six colour choices including white, silver, black, blue and a grey.
Equipment list is pretty good on the top-end Octavia, with cornering fog lamps, 16-inch alloys, sun-roof (option), front and rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, ABS, traction control, six airbags, cruise control, projector lamps with HID lights, daytime running lamps (incorporated in the headlamp unit as a slim strip), power folding mirrors etc.
Expect the car to be in showrooms in the last week of September, with a price range of Rs. 12.5 lakh to Rs. 18 lakh. Also read:Skoda cars to become cheaper
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