The 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift has been spotted testing in India for the first time. Spotted on the outskirts of Aurangabad, the new Octavia shows off its new split LED signature, a new design feature that has generated polarised opinions.
The new lights are a nod to the W212 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and can be had with full LED power. The front grille has grown, and the front bumper has become more angular. At the rear, the LED tail-lamps have been subtly refreshed, and the bumper has been re-profiled.
Inside, the cabin has been mildly refreshed with addition of more modern and feature-rich equipment, which has trickled down from the bigger, more expensive Superb saloon. Apart from the new features and trim, the big news is the additional leg room.
Compared to the outgoing model, there’s around 7 cm of extra leg room at the rear. The boot size for the new model is a cavernous 590 litres while the Combi (estate) gets a massive 610 litres of storage.
New equipment includes a new three-spoke steering wheel and updated infotainment system for all trims. The Swing and Bolero systems have been enhanced, while the sat nav-equipped Amundsen and Columbus (Europe only) systems now have smartphone like capacitive touch glass displays for better responsiveness. The Columbus’ display is now a huge 9.2 inches and the car also comes equipped with Wi-Fi.
There will two petrol engines and two diesel engines on offer internationally. The petrol engines options are a 1.0-litre TSI which produces 113bhp and a 1.4-litre TSI which is good for 147bhp.
The two diesel engines are the 1.6-litre TDI which produces 113bhp and a 2.0-litre TDI which will be good for 147bhp. There will be an option to choose either a 6-speed or a 7-speed automatic DSG transmission along with a 6-speed manual one.
Expect India-spec models to get the 1.4-litre TSI and the 2.0-litre TDI engine options. An official Indian launch of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift is expected in the coming months. Skoda India is also readying the Kodiaq premium SUV for a launch soon.