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201422 Jul

new skoda octavia

 

WHEN: Mid-2013

HOW MUCH: Rs 15 - 20 lakh

ENGINES: 1.4 TSI petrol, 1.8 TSI petrol, 2.0 TDI diesel

COMPETITION: Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis

 

These are the first official pictures of the new Skoda Octavia sedan, which will come to India next year. As you can see, the look of the new Octavia is derived from Skoda’s Mission L concept, which was unveiled earlier in the year.

 

The new Octavia is larger than the present model in every dimension. Overall length has increased by 90 mm, while the width has gone up by 45 mm. The wheelbase is now a whopping 108 mm longer, which makes for a much roomier cabin. Cabin length according to Skoda now measures 1,782 mm in total, meaning the new Octavia should prove to have a truly voluminous cabin. Headroom, knee-room and elbow-room have all increased, which should make the cabin a truly comfortable place to sit in. Despite the increase in size, the new Octavia is actually lighter than its predecessor, up to 102 kilos lighter in fact, depending on the variant. High-strength steel and optimised components ensure that the car is lighter without compromising on safety.

 

Style-wise, the new Octavia borrows a lot from the Mission L concept car, and the new ‘face’ is especially distinctive, and a feature we expect to see on future Skoda’s as well, including the new Fabia hatchback. The roofline drops towards the rear, a design feature Skoda calls the ‘tornado line’. There’s an upward kink, or fin, in the C-pillar as well, which looks nice and adds a touch of dynamic flair to what is otherwise a very square-cut look.

 

By Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland’s own admission, the Octavia forms the “heart of the Skoda brand.” As such, the values that has endeared the Octavia (and the subsequent Laura in India) to customers have been kept intact. However, there is no doubt that Skoda is trying to drive the new Octavia a little more upmarket, and this is reflected particularly in the interiors. Soft-touch plastic mouldings and satin-finished surfaces intend to give the Octavia’s cabin a more premium feel. A lot of features have been packed in, including keyless entry, keyless start-stop, adaptive cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers.

 

new skoda octavia interior

 

Motive power will come from a range of options, including four petrol and four diesel engine options, with a natural gas (CNG) variant pencilled in for later. Six-speed manual and 7-speed dual clutch (DSG) gearboxes will form the transmission options. The new Octavia will be offered with front-wheel drive only at launch, but a four-wheel drive variant will make an entry before the onset of the winter in 2013. For India, the 1.8 TSI petrol and 2.0-litre TDI diesel engines are expected to be carried over, although Skoda could offer the new Octavia with the 1.4 TSI petrol engine, which currently does duty in the new Jetta as well.

 

The new Skoda Octavia will go on sale in Europe in the first quarter of next year. For India, the new Octavia might get a shoe in as early as the second quarter of the year. Whether Skoda axes the present Laura altogether is not certain, but there is the possibility that the company might keep both models going in parallel. What is almost certain however is that the new car will resurrect the Octavia nameplate at launch, a brand which is intrinsically tied to Skoda and which was responsible for establishing the brand in India as well.

 

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