2021 Fourth-Gen Skoda Octavia Spotted Testing; Slated To Launch By Early-2021
Design updates give the next-gen Octavia a breath of fresh air, especially with that bigger grille
Next-gen Octavia was supposed to launch in September 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
Skoda has confirmed an early-2021 launch date for the Skoda sedan.
The fourth-gen Octavia will get a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol option with no manual option this time around.
While the ongoing coronavirus pandemic caused a delay in the September 2020 India launch of the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia, the Director of Skoda Auto India, Zac Hollis, had some good news. He has confirmed that the beloved Skoda sedan will be launched in its newest iteration as soon as early-2021.
Well, time flies, especially when you have something to look forward to while you wait. We have just the thing. We recently spotted the next-gen Octavia testing on the outskirts of Pune and it resembles the Euro-spec model. So let’s look at what the Octavia will have in store for us come 2021.
Sure, it gets that clean and sophisticated design that the Czech carmaker is known for, but there will be a few design updates. The trademark butterfly grille is now lower and wider, flanked by single-piece LED headlamps which replace the split units.
In profile, the roofline gets a little more slope to give it that coupe-like feel. In these images, the Octy stands on monotone alloy wheels, though we can expect dual-tone ones to be offered in the higher-spec variants. The rear sees a relatively sleeker set of LED tail lights compared to the third-gen model and Skoda lettering on the redesigned tailgate instead of the logo.
In terms of features, you can expect connected car tech, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument display, and dual-zone climate control. Safety features will include multiple airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and ESC.
Under the hood, the Skoda sedan will come with only one petrol engine as standard: the 190PS 2.0-litre TSI, with no plans for a diesel ever since the transition to BS6. It is expected to come mated to a DSG dual-clutch AT as the standalone option. In the future, to aid affordability, Skoda could introduce a 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit with a 6-speed manual gearbox as well.
Only the interior layout is yet to be confirmed, though it will mostly be the same as the Euro-spec model. The third-gen Octavia was priced from Rs 17.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and took on the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. We can expect the fourth-gen version to carry a premium over the current-gen’s price tag.
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