Next-Gen Skoda Octavia Launch Postponed To Early 2021
It is larger in dimensions with a distinct design as compared to the current model
Unlikely to offer a diesel engine at launch.
Expected to get the same 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol as the Karoq and the 2.0-litre TSI from the Superb.
Manual transmission unlikely, 7-speed DSG will be offered as standard.
Longer, wider and probably taller in India-spec than its predecessor.
The sporty vRS version might be available as a CBU.
The Director of Skoda Auto India, Zac Hollis, has revealed the launch date of the fourth-gen Skoda Octavia on Twitter. The sedan was set to launch around September 2020 but had to be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will now arrive by early 2021. The next-gen Octavia gets design and feature updates over the previous model.
Starting from the front, the fourth-generation Octavia will get a bigger trademark Skoda butterfly grille and will no longer have the LED split-headlamp setup. Instead, the sedan will get conventionally styled LED headlamp units and new LED fog lamps. A revised tailgate, split tail lamps, restyled 17-inch alloy wheels, and SKODA lettering complete the redesigned look.
The fourth-gen Octavia footprints will see an increase on most fronts. It will be 19mm longer and 15mm wider than the current model. While the ride height too will see an increase over the Euro-spec model, the wheelbase will remain the same, at 2686mm.
The new Octavia will also come with a bunch of new features and a slightly revised cabin. A new dashboard layout is complemented by a new two-spoke steering wheel. Other features changes include a new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with connected car technology and a digital assistant, and a slightly smaller 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster.
In India, Skoda is expected to pair the Octavia with a 150PS 1.5-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine and a 190PS 2.0-litre petrol engine, which should be reserved for the top-spec variants. The option of a manual transmission is probably going to be taken out of the equation with only a 7-speed DSG gearbox on offer. No diesel powertrain is expected to be offered at launch.
The wait for the fourth-generation Octavia may have just gotten longer but it will be worth it. The beefed-up vRS version of the new Octavia could also make it to our shores in CBU form as is the case with the outgoing model. The BS4 Octavia retailed from Rs 17.99 lakh to Rs 25.99 lakh but the fourth-gen will come at a premium and continue to take on the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic.
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