Skoda Octavia launch delayed due to COVID-19

Skoda Auto was due to launch the next generation Octavia in India later this month. The launch of the Octavia has been speculated for some time. However, now Zac Hollis, director of Skoda Auto India, has announced on Twitter that he has postponed the launch of the Octavia due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases facing our country. This is a good decision by Skoda as the spread of COVID-19 is continually increasing in India.

Zack wrote on Twitter: “Sometimes it’s important to take a break and come back stronger. At Skoda Auto, we have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you posted on the development of the launch. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus. So, for now, there is no new date for the Octavia’s launch. However, production of the Octavia has already started and some of them have even reached concession 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 a lot for the new generation. It no longer ships with a split headlight setup. It now comes with a four-LED spotlight setup with two L-shaped LED daytime running lights. There is a sleek bumper with a chrome strip that also surrounds the LED fog lights. Skoda’s butterfly grille, surrounded by chrome and a long bonnet, gives the Octavia a very elegant front look.

On the side there are new alloy wheels inspired by the turbines, a chrome belt for the windows and simple character lines. The Octavia’s general side profile looks sophisticated. Then we come to the rear where there are L-shaped LED taillights and an angular tailgate. The rear seems to be inspired by the superb sedan that sits above the Octavia.

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 more polished and does not appear to be cluttered. There’s a digital dashboard and a new, larger, more feature-packed touchscreen infotainment system. There will be multi-zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, wireless charger, electric sunroof, ambient lighting, electric seat adjustment and much more.

Platform

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

Engine

Skoda will not offer the 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine they previously used. Instead, it will come with a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 190hp of maximum power and 320Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a standard 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. For reference, the diesel engine used to produce 140 PS. Thus, the new engine is more powerful. The Octavia is expected to cost around Rs. 20 lakhs ex-showroom at each launch.

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