Skoda has commenced production of the new-generation Octavia from its facility in Shendra, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The sedan will be launched in the market later this month, with customer deliveries slated to commence from end of May.
New Octavia will be powered by a 190hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine
Expected to get a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and connected car tech
Rivals the Hyundai Elantra in India
2021 Skoda Octavia: exterior and interior details
In terms of design, the new Octavia does away with the outgoing model’s quad-headlight setup for a more conventional arrangement, bringing it in line with Skoda’s larger Superb sedan. The upcoming Octavia has already been spied testing in India and seems to largely retain the international model’s styling cues. The fourth-gen Octavia is based on a reworked version of the VW Group’s MQB platform and in terms of dimensions, is 19mm longer and 15mm wider than its predecessor.
Inside, the Octavia gets an all-new cabin layout, with the dashboard featuring a horizontally layered design dominated by digital screens. The 2021 Octavia also gets Skoda’s new two-spoke steering wheel, with knurled scroll wheels. Furthermore, the India-spec Octavia is expected to feature a beige-on-black upholstery to aid the sense of space inside the cabin.
2021 Skoda Octavia: features
The international-spec new Octavia gets features such as a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, three-zone climate control, leather upholstery, an electric sunroof, connected car tech, a digital assistant (named ‘Laura’) and wireless smartphone charging. Expect most of these features in the India-spec Octavia as well.
2021 Skoda Octavia: engine and gearbox details
The fourth-gen Octavia will be powered by a 190hp, 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, like in the Superb. However, unlike its predecessor, which was also offered with a 143hp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor as well, the new Octavia will skip a diesel engine option, in line with the company’s decision to focus on petrol engines with the transition to BS6 norms. Recently, the Czech carmaker confirmed that smaller capacity diesel engines are gone for good from its line-up.
2021 Skoda Octavia: expected price and rivals
Skoda is expected to price the new Octavia in the range of Rs 18-24 lakh (estimated, ex-showroom). In terms of rivals, the new Octavia will only have the Hyundai Elantra to contend with, as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla have been discontinued in the Indian market.
Skoda’s India plans for 2021
In India, Skoda is going on a product offensive in 2021. The carmaker recently revealed its Hyundai Creta fighter– the production-spec Kushaq, which will launch in June. The company will also launch the petrol-powered Kodiaq SUV this year and before the end of 2021, Skoda will also debut its replacement for the Rapid sedan.
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