Skoda Octavia To Arrive In India By February 2021
The new-gen Skoda Octavia is expected to be sold in India initially with 1.5-liter (150 PS/250 Nm) and 2.0-liter TSI turbo-petrol (190 PS/320 Nm) engines.
Octavia is Skoda's most successful worldwide offering, and last year the carmaker unveiled the fourth-gen model of the car on European markets with a subsequent launch. Now the carmaker plans to launch Octavia IV on the Indian market by next February.
Skoda ended up discontinuing the Indian market's previous-gen Octavia as the car failed to meet the latest emission norms. The German-owned Czech carmaker had planned to launch the new-gen model in India by the end of this year, but Skoda chose to postpone the launch to a slightly later date given the current circumstances.
Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service & Marketing at ŠKODA AUTO India, confirmed during an interview with Financial Express that the new generation Skoda Octavia will arrive via CKD route in February 2021. In foreign markets, Skoda offers the Octavia IV with a host of different powertrains to choose from.
Nonetheless, we expect the company to sell a 1.5-liter TSI EVO turbocharged petrol engine, rated at 150 PS/250 Nm and 2.0-liter TSI turbo-petrol engines (190 PS/320 Nm), to the Octavia in India. While oil burners are not expected to be offered at launch, a 2.0-liter TDI EVO diesel engine could be offered at a later stage by the company.
A 6-speed manual gearbox will probably handle the transmission duties, along with an optional 7-speed DSG auto.
Skoda offers the Euro-spec Octavia IV with features such as Matrix LED headlamps, a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit, a 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with built-in eSIM and smartphone connectivity, a 4.2-inch head-up display, a 12-speaker Canton sound system, five USB-C ports, wireless charging, and a three-zone automatic climate control system.
However, when the business takes the sedan to the Indian market we expect Skoda
to tone down the Euro-spec Octavia a little bit. The 2021 Octavia will be priced from Rs 17-20 lakh onwards, though it will continue to challenge Hyundai Elantra 's likes, as well as India's Honda Civic.
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