The much discussed and eagerly awaited 2013 Skoda Octavia is close to stepping into our fast emerging car market and regulars to Motoroids would know that we recently spent a couple of days testing the latest gen Octy in the picturesque Himachal and on the splendid roads of Chandigarh. As we said earlier, the new Octavia will soon be launched in the country and the car will go on sale with as many as three engine options:
- The entry level engine option will be that of the internationally acclaimed 1.4 litre TSI Petrol, which will come mated to a 6 Speed Manual ‘box
- The second petrol engine will be the 1.8 TSi Petrol, which will come mated to a 7 Speed DSG Auto box.
- The 2.0 TDi Diesel engine will be available with both a 6 Speed Manual and a 6 Speed DSG Auto box.
The 1.4TSi Petrol engine makes 140PS-250Nm for the new Octy and the fuel economy is being claimed to be 16.8kmpl.
The 1.8TSi motor, which comes from Laura, now makes 180PS (versus 160PS before) and also bestows the new Octy with 250Nm of torque. The claimed fuel efficiency for this motor is rated at 14.7kmpl.
The 2.0 Litre diesel motor will have 143PS of max power for the Octy, a full 3PS more than what it delivered for the Laura. Torque, however, remains the same at 320Nm. Claimed fuel efficiency for manual-gearbox variant is 20.6kmpl and is 19.3kmpl for the DSG equipped variant.
The car will be offered in three trim levels- Active, Ambition and Elegance .
The top end variants will come equipped with –
- Six airbag
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Cruise control
- Auto wipers
- Auto closing sunroof during rains
- Bi-xenon headlamps with dynamic levelling
- Auto headlamps with fog lights which re-adjust themselves while cornering
- Panaromic Sunroof
- Bolero CD Player with Touchscreen Multi Information Display
- 12-Way Electric Adjust for Driver’s seat (with Memory)
We have now come to know that the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi DSG Elegance, which will be the flagship diesel variant, will have an ex-showroom price of about INR 17.6 Lakhs in Pune. Such a price would make the top of the line diesel variant unbeatable value for money, what with it getting loads of high end features and world-class engine and transmission?
We believe that Skoda India has another winner in their hands and the new Octavia could really become a force to reckon with. What Say?
The 2013 Octy is already on sale in many European countries and has been receiving rave reviews from many auto hacks from across the continent. Skoda India has high hopes from the new Octavia and we will be reviewing the new car very soon to find out if all this hype is justified.
The new Skoda Octavia will go on sale in India with six colour options. One of this would be the Racy Blue, which was earlier available only on the vRS (but would be standard across all variants of the new Octavia).