Introduced way back in 2001, Skoda Octavia had been an important workhorse for the Czech company. The executive sedan had a dedicated following, thanks to its impeccable styling and manufacturing standards, however it was withdrawn from the market a few years ago.
After various spottings, Skoda India Ltd. has unveiled the New generation of the Octavia on Friday. The third generation of Octavia is claimed to be the most practical and comfortable Octavia ever. It is also touted to be the safest and the most environment-friendly as well. Let’s have a look at the new Octavia!
The Octavia’s design statement has always been a magic combo of beefiness as well as implied ease-of-motion, thanks to the humongous front engine grille area and the smooth, clean but rectilinear edges of the car’s shape. The newer Octavia is no different; the muscular look is still there due to the well-carved out proportions and the traditional butterfly design Skoda engine grille.
As is the trend with newer generations of older cars, the Octavia has a bit of sharpness injected into it. The headlamps aren’t flared upwards, but are just chiseled out a bit edgier, as compared to the very rectangular looks on the earlier edition. A very brave, bold design statement in a world of automakers who would largely prefer run-of-the-mill pointy designs. We like!!
The new Octavia will come with two engine options, a petrol and a diesel. The petrol will be the 1.8 TSI engine from the Laura with output increased to 177bhp now. There will also be the 2.0-litre TDI diesel powerplant that will churn out 141bhp. Both engines will be connected to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
The petrol variant will not get a manual transmission option, and paddle shifters are not available as an option. However, there could be a base 1.4-litre petrol engine on offer later. Keep tuned to us as we try to bring you the info on the engine lineup as soon as Skoda unveils them.
Skoda has penned high hopes on the Octavia’s latest iteration. According to their statement, about 44, 900 Octavias were sold in India during the period of November 2001 to October 2010. They do hope that the newest version will also do its duties very well. Interior quality and space is expected to be a notch above the rest of the league, hence a premium price is expected. We could see the new Octavia in showrooms by this Diwali. It will be manufactured at the company’s Aurangabad facility.
Don’t you feel the newer Octavia strikes a handsome pose?