Got bored of SUVs and routine sports cars? Not enticed by Ford Focus or wild Kia Ceed? Well then step right this way, for Skoda has just unveiled the new Octavia.
Skoda has taken a leaf out of Audi and gone for an evolution rather than a revolution in terms of the new Octavia’s design. The new sedan has also grown in size and gets an all-new dashboard layout with plenty of modern technology.
The Octavia has been redesigned for its fourth generation, bringing in a raft of new technologies and the model’s first plug-in hybrid.
Octavia has 1.0-litre with three cylinders, with four-cylinder options comprising 1.5 and 2.0-liter petrol or a 2.0-liter diesel.
Skoda calls the Octavia its “heart and engine” – more than six million have been produced from the same desk.
The Octavia comes with the features of more interior space, better functionality, and higher levels of safety and comfort. It’ll go on sale in sedan and estate forms.
The new Octavia’s exterior design has been brought into line with Skoda’s latest non-SUV models, the Scala, and renovated Superbly.
The front end takes inspiration from the Scala, with the old car’s split headlight design ditched in favor of redesigned units with standard-fit LED tech (full-matrix LEDs optional).
The 2020 Skoda Octavia is longer and wider than before. It gets new LED Matrix headlamps and a revised rear end. The new dashboard features a more straightforward, more premium design with freestanding touchscreen infotainment.
There’s even more generous passenger room than before, and boot space is also up 10 liters to 600 liters.
Optional ‘Ergo’ seats are described as being “particularly back-friendly,” with a massaging function and seat ventilation on top models for the first time. The dashboard is dominated by a free-standing touchscreen display that measures 8.25-inch or 10-inch, depending on spec, and Skoda has introduced gesture control and an advanced voice-controlled digital assistant called Laura.
Octavia will get premium features such as a panoramic sunroof, seats with massage function, and three-zone climate control, among others.
The current Octavia has priced between Rs 16 lakh to Rs 26 lakh (ex-showroom India), and the new model is likely to get a starting price of around Rs 18 lakh.