A few weeks back, Skoda confirmed that the fourth-gen Octavia will go on sale in India by the end of this month. However, the carmaker has now delayed the lunch of the sedan due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in the country. Zac Hollis, Director - ŠKODA AUTO India, announced on Twitter through a video. It is the not first time Octavia’s launch has been delayed. The sedan was originally scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2020. That said, Skoda had already begun the production of the fourth-gen Octavia at its Aurangabad facility and the sedan has already started reaching dealerships.
In terms of design, the new Octavia looks sharper than its predecessor. It gets slimmer LED headlamps flanking the wider front grille. The side profile looks clean with a sharp character line running across the length. However, the centre of attraction has to be those new turbine-like alloy wheels. At the back, the new Octavia looks similar to the bigger Superb sedan with sleek LED tail lamps flanking the Skoda badging on the boot lid.
On the inside, the new Octavia looks more premium and upmarket courtesy of the dual-tone cabin with a multi-layered dashboard. It also gets a new two-spoke steering wheel that we saw on the Skoda Kushaq.
Features on offer include a digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, connected car tech and cruise control. Other features that are expected to make way to the new sedan include dual-zone AC, a panoramic sunroof, wireless mobile charging and ventilated front seats. Safety features on offer should include upto 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, front and rear parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, electronic stability control and hill launch assist.
The new Octavia will be offered with a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine only. It makes 190PS and 320Nm paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. It is the same engine that does duty on various VW group cars like the Skoda Superb, VW Tiguan Allspace, Audi A4 and the Audi Q2. Skoda might also introduce a smaller 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine on the lower variants of the Octavia. It makes 150PS and 250Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed DSG.
Prices of the new Octavia are expected to range from Rs 18 lakh to Rs 26 lakh. It will take on its sole rival in the form of Hyundai Elantra after Honda discontinued the Civic earlier this year.