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10 August 2013

Unveiled: New Skoda Octavia

Skoda shows us the next-gen Octavia but keeps mum about the launch date and the pricing

Agasti Kaulgi
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The name is back. After years of going away from the Indian market, the Skoda Octavia is all set to make its comeback this festive season. The earlier Octavia was one of the best-selling premium sedan with 44,900 units sold from November 2001 till it was phased out in October 2010. The next-gen Octavia will carry Skoda’s new design language for the first time in India.

The new Octavia will come three engine options – 1.4 petrol, 1.8 petrol and a 2.0 diesel, all of which will be turbocharged. A six-speed DSG ’box will be offered with all three engines. Its production is already underway at Skoda’s Aurangabad plant in Maharashtra. The new Octavia will be the lightest, biggest and fastest Octavia ever to be built. This Octavia will be replacing the current Laura eventually, so expect the prices to be similar to that (read Rs 16-20 lakh on-road, Mumbai).

The cabin of the Octavia is similar to that of VW Jetta and there’s enough leg- and shoulder room for the rear passengers. The new Octavia will get all the creature comforts that you’d expect from a premium sedan – Bluetooth connectivity, dual climate control, touchscreen multimedia display, parking sensors, the works. But despite the long feature list, the Octy misses out on a reversing camera. Sigh.

Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, Skoda Auto India, said, “The ‘Octavia’ model line launched Skoda in the country 12 years ago and has enjoyed a cult status in India ever since. The Octavia instantly became a game changer in the segment and revolutionised the Indian automotive industry. Since then, Skoda has come a long way in the Indian market and the Octavia has always been the heart of our brand. Now, with the new-generation Octavia, which will be introduced in India during the festival season, we promise all of this and much more.”

Skoda refuses to share any more details about exact launch date and the prices and the variants that’ll be offer. But don’t be so disheartened, we’ll be driving it early next month to tell you how well the new Octavia stands up against its competition. But for now, tell us what you think about Skoda’s new design language in the comments below.

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