The Czech automobile company Skoda has finally launched their facelifted Octavia in India. One of the most awaited sedan landed with a price tag of ₹15.49 Lakhs (Ex-showroom, India). The new Octavia was launched on July 13th, 2017 at an event organized by Skoda in New Delhi. The car will be available in 4 colour options – Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Magic Black and Quartz Grey.
The front-end of the vehicle is the one that is most updated. The front gets a new split-type headlamp setup, also known as the Quadra LED Headlamps, with Low-beam and High-beam assembled in different compartments. Both the split compartments gets new LED DRLs and the new butterfly grille is bigger and split from the center.
The Front bumper is also redesigned with a chrome lining that spreads throughout the bumper.
The Bonnet is slightly redesigned with two new crease lines that makes it look more aggressive. On the other hand, the Sides and rear-end of the vehicle remains same and identical as the previous model, with the only change at the rear being the new set of LED tail-lights.
Coming to the insides, the new Octavia offers a ton of new features such as an 8” capacitive touchscreen MMI and 8 speakers that are spread throughout the vehicle. The system is well equipped with SmartLink, a technology that allows you to mirror your smartphone’s screen on the system. The supported brands for mirrorlink include Apple’s Carplay, Android Auto and others compatible with mirrorlink. The music system includes a SD card-reader, USB and AUX across all its variants.
There is a new feature called Ambient Lighting, which throws out a shade of light through a strip on doors, as per your taste. There are upto 10 colour options available for the ambient lighting. It also offers hands-free parking, which is able to help in tight conditions with both parallel and perpendicular parking options.
The Octavia retains the previous generation engine choices. There are two Turbo-Petrol and one Turbo-Diesel engine options. The Base Petrol is a 1.4 Litre TSI Turbocharged petrol motor offering 150 PS of power, 148 Bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque between a wide-band RPM. It is mated to a 6-Speed manual transmission.
The bigger 1.8 Litre TSI Turbocharged petrol engine generates 180 PS, 178 Bhp and 250 Nm of peak torque between a wide-band RPM. This one is mated to a 7-Speed Automatic DSG Transmission. This engine is one of the most powerful engine developed and produced by Volkswagen. With this engine option in hand, the Octavia can accelerate from standstill to 100 Kmph in just 7.3 seconds. This version is claimed to return 15.1 Kmpl and can reach upto a top speed of 231 Kmph.
The diesel version of Octavia is offered in a 2.0 Litre TDI Turbocharged and is available in two different transmission options. The 2.0 Litre TDI motor generates 143 PS, 141 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque.
The Chassis is based on a MacPherson design with lower triangular wishbones on the front axle and a multi-link or quad-link on the rear based on the engine options. The rear track has been widened by a mere 20mm and 30mm respectively.
The Skoda Octavia is offered in 3 different variants – Ambition, Style and Style+.
The Ambition gets 16” Alloy Wheels, LED tail-lights, LED DRLs, traditional halogen headlamps, touchscreen MMI, dual-zone climate control, front and side airbags and rear parking sensors.
The Style version gets LED Headlamps, CrystalGlow LED DRLs, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, newer 8” touchscreen MMI, new leather seats and electronic ORVMs.
The top of the line Style+ version gets a 12-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat, new 16” alloy wheels, tyre pressure monitor, 8-airbags, LED ambient light with upto 10 different colour options, driver fatigue alert, panoramic sunroof and hands-free parking system.
Skoda Octavia Petrol Variants –
Skoda Octavia Ambition 1.4 TSI Manual Transmission – ₹15,49,404
Skoda Octavia Style 1.4 TSI Manual Transmission – ₹17,49,604
Skoda Octavia Style 1.8 TSI Automatic Transmission – ₹18,59,429
Skoda Octavia Style 1.8 TSI Automatic Transmission – ₹20,89,899
Skoda Octavia Diesel Variants –
Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI Manual Transmission – ₹16,89,975
Skoda Octavia Style 2.0 TDI Manual Transmission – ₹18,95,609
Skoda Octavia Style 2.0 TDI Automatic Transmission – ₹20,49,620
Skoda Octavia Style+ 2.0 TDI Automatic Transmission – ₹22,89,575