The launch of the Skoda Octavia has been postponed due to COVID-19

Skoda Auto was supposed to launch the new generation of Octavia in India later this month. Octavia’s launch has been speculated for quite some time. However, now Zac Hollis, director of Skoda Auto India, has announced on Twitter that he has postponed the launch of Octavia due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases our country is facing. This is a good decision on Skoda’s part as the spread of COVID-19 is ever increasing in India.

Zack tweeted: “Sometimes it’s important to take a break and come back stronger. We at Skoda Auto have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the developments of the launch. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus. “So, for now, there is no new date for Octavia’s launch. However, production of the Octavia has already begun and some of them even have reached the dealership sites The new model has already been identified and you can find out more by clicking here.

Design

Skoda Auto has redesigned the Octavia enough for the new generation. It no longer comes with a split headlight setup. It now comes with a four-LED headlamp setup with two L-shaped LED daytime running lights.There is a stylish bumper with a chrome strip that also surrounds the LED fog lights. Skoda’s butterfly grille which is surrounded by chrome and a long hood gives the Octavia a very elegant front position.

To the side, there are new turbine-inspired alloy wheels, chrome belt for the windows and simple character lines. The Octavia’s overall side profile looks sophisticated. Then we come to the rear where there are L-shaped LED taillights and a corner tailgate. The rear appears to be inspired by the Superb sedan that sits above the Octavia.

The interior of the sedan has also been redone. It now comes with a two-spoke steering wheel that looks quite unique. The dashboard design is neater and doesn’t look bulky. There’s a digital instrument cluster and a new touchscreen infotainment system that’s bigger and will come with more features. There will be multi-zone climate control, multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, wireless charger, electric sunroof, ambient lighting, electric seat adjustment and much more.

platform

The new Octavia is based on the MWB EVO platform. It is 19mm longer and 15mm wider than the previous generation. However, the Octavia’s wheelbase still measures 2,686mm. Thus, there would be ample legroom for the rear occupants on offer.

Engine

Skoda will not offer the 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine they previously used. Instead, it will come with a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 190PS of maximum power and 320Nm of maximum torque. It will be offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission as standard. For reference, the diesel engine used to produce 140 hp. Hence, the new engine is more powerful. The Octavia is expected to be priced around Rs. 20 lakh ex-showroom every time it is launched.

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