The 2013 Skoda Octavia has made a lot of news all around the world. The latest generation of the Octavia has already been launched in some of the European markets and it is a matter of time before this car hits the Indian dealerships.
While it has always been pretty much for sure that the new car is headed to our country, it is only recently that a 2013 Skoda Octavia test mule has been spotted testing on Indian roads.
The new Octavia has finally begun testing on Indian streets and a totally un-camouflaged car was recently seen in Bangalore. The new Octavia that has been spotted testing wore MH20 registration plates, which is usual for most cars from Skoda’s Aurangabad plant.
Skoda is betting big on its new Octavia and people from around the world are of the belief that the new car might up the ante in the very competitive mid-size sedan segment. The new Octavia is underpinned by the much publicized MQB platform. This is the same platform that which underpins quite a few modern Volkswagen group cars.
There is a section of auto industry watchers in India who are of the belied that the 2013 Octavia will be sold alongside the Laura (the last gen Octavia) and this might continue until Skoda India comes up with entry level variants of the new Octy for completely replacing the Laura. It may be noted that the sales of current Laura have already taken a hit with the launch of the new Elantra and the Cruze.
The 2013 Octavia is considerably larger than the Laura and various international auto publications are of the opinion that the new car is almost as big as the Superb flagship sedan. This means that the new Octavia would be half a shoe size larger than the Chevrolet Cruze, the new Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Jetta.
The engine options for the 2013 Octavia are likely to be carried over from the current car would get a 1.8 TSI turbocharged petrol engine and a 2.0 TDI turbocharged diesel engine. Skoda India might also add an entry level 1.6 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine variant to keep the costs under check.
It is pretty much for sure that the new Octavia will be costlier than the Laura but on the same time, the car might come across as a much more value for money proposition due to its larger size, newer technology and a bigger equipment list.