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The all new 2013 Skoda Octavia has officially entered the Indian automobile market with a reasonable price tag. This new premium saloon is available with two petrol and one diesel engine option and it is made available in a total of three trim levels. Here, the all new Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT is the mid range diesel variant. This mid range trim has been powered by a sophisticated 2.0-litre TDI, turbocharged diesel power plant that delivers exceptional performance by producing great power and offering superior mileage. The company has blessed this mid range premium saloon with technically advanced safety features and with innovative comfort features as well. What really about this new variant is its front facade that can be ground breaking in the automobile segment. This saloon comes with sleek and aggressive headlight cluster along with premium radiator grille, which will surely turn the heads on the go. Coming to the interiors, the company has offered dual toned interior cabin with Onyx-Ivory color scheme while obtaining wood design décor inside. This will offer an absolute luxurious feel to the passengers inside the cabin and makes their journey better than ever. The company will now look to target those individuals who prefers luxurious vehicles at reasonable price tag.
Coming to the exterior design and style, this new Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim comes with a very captivating exterior design. Its front facade is truly dominating with a new headlight cluster and radiator grille. The company has managed to obtain a lustrous finish on its body that makes it look like a classy vehicle. Starting with the front facade, this Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim is blessed with very sleek and aggressive headlight cluster, which is incorporated with powerful halogen lamps. There is a trendy radiator grille that is fitted in the middle of the front facade and it is surrounded by a chrome strip. The company has slightly revamped its official logo that represents the company's approach towards next generation designs. Coming to the side profile, this mid range trim has pronounced wheel arches, which have been fitted with 16 inch Minoris alloy wheels, while the doors have been assembled with body colored handles and external rear view mirrors. Coming to the rear profile of this saloon, the tail light cluster looks very simple, but the C-shape contour design adds a distinct look to the rear profile. The boot lid to has a triangle line sort of a design, which makes it expressive. On the other hand, the bumper has been painted in body color and has been equipped with reflectors as well.
This latest Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim is the mid range diesel version available in the model series and it has been blessed with premium interiors likes its top end variant. You can notice the dual tone Onyx-Ivory color scheme on the dashboard, door panels and on central console along with wooden finish on door panels and front central console. The seats are covered in Superior Ivory leather upholstery, while the gearshift knob and steering wheel too is wrapped in leather upholstery. There are number of equipments and utility based comfort features incorporated inside this mid range trim that makes it quite luxurious in comparison with other premium saloons. The steering wheel, inside door handles and the speed shift selector has been accentuated with chrome. Also there are cup holders, bottle holders, a cooled glove box compartment, storage compartment and several other utility features have been given inside this vehicle. This saloon comes with a 590 litres of luggage storage compartment that can be extended to 1580-litres by folding the rear seats.
Engine and Performance :
This Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim is the mid range variant available in its model series and it is powered by a 2.0-litre, in-line Turbocharged diesel engine that produces a displacement capacity of about 1968cc. This engine has been incorporated with 4-cylinders, 16-valves and with direct injection fuel supply system enables it to produce a peak power of about 141bhp at 4000rpm, while generating a peak torque of about 320Nm in between 1750 to 3000rpm. This commanding DOHC based diesel mill has been skillfully equipped with 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission gearbox that sends the engine power to the front wheels and returns a peak mileage of about 20.6 Kmpl .
Braking and Handling :
The company has blessed this mid range diesel trim with an advanced hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system, vacuum assisted with dual rate system that enables the disc brakes work in the most efficient manner. Both the front and rear wheels have been bestowed with disc brakes, whose mechanism is further enhanced by anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution system and hydraulic brake assist system . On the other hand, its direct rack and pinion electro mechanic power assisted steering system is very sensitive and acts instantly according to the needs of the driver.
Comfort Features :
The comfort features inside this mid range trim are more than what you can expect for. The company blessed this Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim with some of the most fascinating comfort features, which offers lavish luxury inside the cabin. The list includes an advanced Climatronic air conditioning system with a dual zone climate control, adjustable rear AC vents, front and rear electrically adjustable windows, electrically foldable external mirrors, auto-tilt on reverse gear selection, power windows with one touch operation and so on. This mid range version also has an advanced Skoda Audio player with touchscreen controls on 5.8-inch, LCD TFT color display. The audio player also comes with MEDIA-IN input for USB, AUX-In and iPod Connectivity along with SD/MMC data card reader as well.
Safety Features :
Coming to the safety aspects, this premium luxury saloon has been rolled out with some of the most advanced security functions. The company has blessed this Skoda Octavia Ambition 2.0 TDI MT trim with functions including remote central locking and unlocking of doors and boot lid, remote control opening and closing of windows, ABS, EBD with Hydraulic Brake Assist function and several other such aspects. This premium saloon also includes features such as an engine immobilizer system with floating code, a security code for central infotainment system and several other features.
Pros : Advanced comfort features, stunning exterior appearance.
Cons : Fuel economy is rather less, price is expensive.
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