Skoda has already confirmed that the fourth-gen Octavia will go on sale in India in April 2021. So, as the launch is just around the corner, the sedan has started reaching Skoda dealerships.
In terms of design, the new Octavia looks sharper and more aggressive than its predecessor. The front fascia is comprised of slim LED headlamps flanking the wider front grille with a thick chrome surround. The bumper is also new with a wide air dam running across its width incorporating slim LED fog lamps on either side which are connected by a chrome element.
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 quite similar to the bigger Superb sedan with sleek LED tail lamps flanking the Skoda badging on the boot lid.
Under the hood, Octavia is expected to be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbo TSI petrol engine as the Superb. It makes 190PS and 320Nm paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Skoda might also offer Kushaq’s 1.5-litre TSI engine on the lower variants of the Octavia. It makes 150PS and 250Nm mated to either a 6-speed MT or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Step inside the cabin and you will be treated by a premium cabin with a multi-layered dashboard wrapped in soft-touch materials. The centre of attraction, however, is a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment system that sits above the central AC vents. Features on offer include a digital instrument cluster, wireless mobile charging, paddle shifters, dual-zone AC, cruise control and a bi-spoke steering wheel. Other features that are expected to be on offer include a panoramic sunroof, connected car tech, upto 7 airbags, front and rear parking sensors, electronic stability program, hill launch assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
Prices of the new Octavia are expected to range from Rs 18 lakh to Rs 26 lakh. It will rival the Hyundai Elantra only as Honda discontinued the Civic in India earlier this year.