Skoda Auto was due to launch the new generation of Octavia in India later this month. The launch of the Octavia has been speculating for some time. However, now Zac Hollis, Director of Skoda Auto India has announced over Twitter that they have postponed the launch of the Octavia due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases that our country is facing. This is a good decision by Skoda as the spread of COVID-19 is continuously increasing in India.
“Sometimes it’s important to take a break and come back stronger. We at ŠKODA AUTO have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the launch developments. Stay safe and let us do our bit to fight this virus. ” pic.twitter.com/88jVHwiRkz
– Zac Hollis (@Zac_Hollis_) April 22, 2021
Zack wrote on Twitter, “Sometimes it’s important to take a break and come back stronger. We at Skoda Auto have delayed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the launch developments. Stay safe and let us do our bit to fight this virus. ”So, at the moment, there is no new date for the launch of the Octavia. However, production of the Octavia has already begun and some have even hit dealer yards. The new model has already been seen and you can read more about it by clicking here.
Skoda Auto has redesigned the Octavia quite a bit for the new generation. It no longer comes with split headlamp setup. It now comes with a quad-LED projector setup with two L.-shaped Daytime Running Lamps. There’s a sleek bumper with a chrome strip that also surrounds the LED flashlights. Skoda’s butterfly grill surrounded by chrome and long bonnet gives the Octavia a very elegant front stance.
On the side, there are new alloy wheels inspired by turbines, a chrome belt for the windows and simple character lines. The overall side profile of the Octavia looks sophisticated. Then we come to the back where there are L-shaped LED tail lamps and angular tailgate. The rear seems to be inspired by the Superb sedan that sits above Octavia.
The interior of the sedan is also redone. It now comes with a two-speaker steering wheel that looks pretty unique. The dashboard design is neat and does not seem cluttered. There is a new digital equipment cluster and touchscreen infotainment system that is larger and will bring more features. Multi-zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, cordless charger, electric sunroof, ambient lighting, seating electrical adjustment and much more will be available.
The new Octavia is based on the MWB EVO platform. It is 19 mm longer and 15 mm wider than the previous generation. However, the Octavia wheelbase still measures 2,686 mm. Therefore, there would be sufficient space for the proposed rear occupants.
Skoda will not offer the 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine they used earlier. Instead, it will come with a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 190 PS of maximum power and 320 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 7-speed Dual DSG Clutch automatic gearbox as standard. For your information, the diesel engine used to produce 140 PS. Thus, the new engine is more powerful. The Octavia is expected to be priced around Rs. 20 lakhs before showroom whenever it launches.