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Skoda Octavia’s launch put off due to COVID-19

Skoda Auto was expected to launch the new generation of Octavia in India later this month. The launch of the Octavia has been speculated for quite some time. However, now Zac Hollis, Director of Skoda Auto India has announced over Twitter that they have postponed the launch of the Octavia because of the rise in the number of cases of COVID-19 that our country is facing. This is a good decision from Skoda as the spread of COVID-19 is continuously increasing in India.

Zack wrote on Twitter, “Sometimes, it’s important to take a pause and come back stronger. We at Skoda Auto have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the launch developments. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus.” So, as of now, there is no new date for the launch of the Octavia. However, the production of the Octavia has already started and some of them has even reached dealership yards. The new model has already been spotted and you can read more about it by clicking here.

Design

Skoda Auto has redesigned the Octavia quite a bit for the new generation. It no longer comes with a split headlamp setup. It now comes with a quad-LED projector setup with two L-shaped LED Daytime Running Lamps. There is a sleek bumper with a chrome strip that also surrounds the LED  foglamps. Skoda’s butterfly grille that is surrounded by chrome and a long bonnet gives a very elegant front stance to the Octavia.

Skoda Octavia’s launch put off due to COVID-19

At the side, there are new turbine inspired alloy wheels, chrome belt for the windows and simple character lines. The overall side profile of the Octavia does look sophisticated. Then we come to the rear where there are L-shaped LED tail lamps and an angular tailgate. The rear seems to be inspired by the Superb sedan which sits above Octavia.

Skoda Octavia’s launch put off due to COVID-19

The interior of the sedan is also redone. It now comes with a two-spoke steering wheel which looks quite unique. The dashboard design is neater and does not seem cluttered. There is a digital instrument cluster and a new touchscreen infotainment system that is larger and will come with more features. There will be multi-zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, wireless charger, electric sunroof, ambient lighting, electrical adjustment for the seats and a lot more on offer.

Platform

The new Octavia is based on the MWB EVO platform. It is 19 mm longer and 15 mm wider than the previous generation. However, the wheelbase of the Octavia still measures 2,686 mm. So, there would be ample legroom for the rear occupants on offer.

Engine

Skoda Octavia’s launch put off due to COVID-19

Skoda will not be offering the 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that they used earlier. Instead, it will come with a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine 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 as standard. For reference, the diesel engine used to produce 140 PS. So, the new engine is more powerful. The Octavia is expected to be priced around Rs. 20 lakhs ex-showroom whenever it launches.