Even as Skoda India gears up to launch the mid-life facelift version of its executive sedan, the Octavia on July 13, 2017 a report from German auto-mag Auto Bild suggests that an all-new model might already be in development with an expected launch in 2021.
The new model will be based on a modified version of the company’s modular MQB platform and is expected to grow in size and space. The length of the car is expected to grow beyond 4.7 meters with a corresponding increase in wheelbase.
It would be interesting to see how the company balances the overall proportions with the growth in the length. Outside, a sharper shell with stronger creases is expected with an even stronger interplay between typical Skoda angular elements.
The headlights are likely to benefit from adaptive LED elements. It will borrow other technological features from across the VW suite, including a Level-3 semi-autonomous driving system, the virtual cockpit display, three different screen formats and an advanced voice command system.
The overall car is likely to become much more up-market with better surfaces and materials used all around. This could allow Skoda to take Volkswagen’s slightly more premium position in terms of products, further pushing VW into the premium range to complement the Audi range as the conglomerate looks to take the fight to Mercedes and BMW. VWs intentions with the shift are corroborated by the launch of the flagship Arteon from the German marque.
The company is likely to continue with the controversial 2.0 TDI option with power bumped up to a 163 PS mark. The hot 1.8 TSI from the Indian vRS version is likely to be replaced by a 200 PS 2.0 Litre TSI motor. In keeping with the market trends, a 48 Volt mild-hybrid version is also expected to make an entry.