Skoda Octavia 2021 will officially launch in India by the end of April. The company announced that the model had hit the production lines at the Skoda facility in Aurangabad. The fourth-generation Octavia promises to take the long lost lead in its segment once again and carry the legacy built by its predecessor.
The Skoda Octavia was the first model of the company to hit the Indian market in 2001. Increasing demands for SUVs were seen worldwide, but the Sedans were still ruling the markets in India at that time. Although people in India started giving preference to SUVs, Octavia had its own market.
The new Skoda Octavia was first introduced in the international market towards the end of 2019. The launch of the new-gen Octavia in India was supposed to by the end of 2020, but the company was forced to delay the launch due to the ongoing pandemic. However, the launch plan got delayed due to the pandemic to the second quarter of 2021.
As compared to the outgoing model, the new Octavia comes with more space and comfort as it is 19mm longer and 15mm wider. It is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
The Octavia now features a more conventional design like the Skoda Superb as it ditches the quad headlamp styling of its outgoing version. The cabin has a revised dashboard with a horizontally layered appearance, digital displays and a twin-spoke multifunction steering wheel. It will likely come in a beige and black colour scheme.
The company has now focussed on the petrol segment in the BS 6 era. It will offer a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine will produce a maximum power of around 190 hp.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia is expected to be available between Rs.18-24 lakh and will compete against the likes of Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla Altis in the Indian market.
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