Skoda had planned to launch the 4th-gen Octavia in India by the end of 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic blew things out of place. Now though, the Director of Sales, Service and Marketing at Skoda Auto India, Zac Hollis, has tweeted and thereby confirmed that the 4th-gen Skoda Octavia is all set to be launched in India in the next two months. For the record, Skoda had globally unveiled the 4th-gen Octavia way back in November 2019.
In terms of design, the all-new 4th gen Octavia now draws inspiration from Skoda’s latest design language. This means the car gets a more emotive look and slightly larger dimensions when compared to its predecessor.
The new design of the Octavia plays a vital role in improving the car’s aerodynamics and increase the overall fuel efficiency of the car. Apart from the design, the new Octavia will also be getting a bunch of hi-tech features like a set of new LED Matrix headlamps, a bigger interior, a new HUD (Head-Up Display), two 10-inch touchscreens, a new shift-by-wire DSG gearbox and a bunch of innovative assistance systems such as Collision-Avoidance Assist and Exit Warning.
Globally, the 4th-gen Octavia is available with 3-mild hybrid petrol engine variants: a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder TSI mild-hybrid engine, a 1.0-litre 4-cylinder TSI mild-hybrid engine and a 2.0-litre TSI mild-hybrid engine producing 190 PS. The plug-in hybrid variant gets a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine. However, in India, it is going to be a petrol-only affair. Skoda might bring in the 1.5L TSI petrol engine or a 2.0L TSI petrol engine to India. The former produces 150 PS of peak power and 250Nm of peak torque.
The latter meanwhile, also does duties on the Skoda Superb and produces 190PS of peak power and 320Nm of peak torque. Both of these engines will be mated to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. It will take on the Hyundai Elantra in the INR 20 lakh segment and should be priced in the same bracket.
Interestingly, Skoda has introduced its Octavia Pro in China yesterday, which is essentially a long-wheelbase version of the standard Octavia. Seems like Skoda is bumping up its game in Asia.