Czech car maker, Skoda is on a roll, as it will offer three new models for the Indian car buyers this festive season. Skoda Auto India recently officially revealed that the company is all set to launch three new models in the domestic car market within this year, namely the Rapid Monte Carlo Edition, Octavia RS and the highly awaited Kodiaq. Having already launched the Skoda Rapid Mote Carlo Edition in India earlier this week, the company has now launched the Skoda Octavia RS.
Skoda Auto India will be bringing back the ‘vRS’ badge to this country after an interval of over four years. The Octavia RS is based on the 2017 Octavia facelift which was recently launched in the domestic market. The Octavia RS is likely to come to India via the CKD route, and it has an expected price range of around Rs. 23 lakhs.
Skoda offered the last sporty ‘vRS’ logo in India on the Laura sedan, which was essentially the renamed second generation model of the Octavia. The Skoda Laura was discontinued in India back in 2013 along with its sporty vRS version, when the Czech car maker brought back the Octavia moniker in the current third generation model. Skoda didn’t launch sportier version of the third generation Octavia, but it is finally coming our way after the executive sedan has received its mid-cycle update.
The soon to launch Skoda Octavia RS is more exciting than the last two generation models of the Octavia vRS. This is because while the past vRS models came mostly with under the hood charm and not much for the eyes to behold, the current-gen RS model has been decked up to turn heads. The sportier and bolder styling updates of the 2017 Octavia RS will set it apart from its regular counterpart and offer a distinctive appeal.
For the outside, the Skoda Octavia RS comes with a styling body kit which includes revised design for both front and rear bumpers, side skirts, larger wheels, dual exhaust tips and attractive body colours to ensure that it marks itself apart from the stock model.
On the inside, the Octavia RS boasts of a sporty all-black interior scheme. There are other sporty features as well such as Alcantara and leather seat upholstery which comes with contrast stitching, flat-bottom steering wheel, a large 9.2 inch infotainment system and more.
However, its primary attraction would be its sportier and more engaging driving experience. The global Skoda Octavia RS model gets equipped with a 2.0L TSI petrol and TDI diesel mills. For the Indian market, it is expected to get the previous 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine that generates 230 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque. The new Octavia RS is also likely to come equipped exclusively with a 6 speed DSG automatic transmission in India.