New Skoda Octavia 2017 Launching on 13th July
A few days ago we heard how Skoda Octavia celebrated 5 million customers and 6 million units sold globally. Earlier last month we also heard about the new Octavia, the third generation is supposed to be launched in 2017. The Czech automakers officially announced that the Skoda Octavia 2017 sedan will hit the roads on July 13, 2017. The bookings for the car have already begun.
The Skoda Octavia can be pre-booked by paying a token amount of Rs. 25,000. The new Octavia has gotten a facelift since its last edition launched. The features and specifications of the car have already been going about on the internet. The new Octavia will come in three different styles- Style, Style Plus and Ambition and they will have different engines – 1.8 liter(petrol engine), 2.0(diesel engine) and 1.4 liter(petrol engine) respectively. All the variants will be offered in manual and automatic.
The upgrades in terms of style that Skoda has offered in the new Octavia are mostly to the front fascia. The signature grille on the Octavia is now wider, so is the chrome slat and angular than before the LED headlights are also different. The assembly of the fog lamp has changed and the bumper is also remoulded. The only difference you will notice in the new Octavia’s side profile are its alloy wheels. In the back too we see a set of brand new LED taillights and a reworked bumper.
The cabin however has minimal changes apart from the quality of material used has improved. The head space, legroom and knee-room in the front and rear seem the same as before, nevertheless impressive. The New Octavia’s boot space is now larger, a whooping 590 liters, which is enough to carry five suitcases. The rear seats are foldable which increases the size of the boot up to 1,580 liters. Coming to technology, the Skoda Octavia is fitted with a 8.0 inch touchscreen entertainment system and WLAN connection.
The features of the base Ambition variant are- 16-inch alloy wheels, headlights with LED daytime lamps, electric wing mirrors, front and rear fog lamps, height flexible driver seat, remote key operation for windows and keyless entry. This variant has a dual zone climate control system as well as rare AC vent. The variant also has the touchscreen entertainment system with smartphone incorporation. Since this is the most basic variant, it gets ABS with EBD, front airbags, rear parking sensors, multi-collision integration and electronic stability control.
More features in terms of technology, safety and comfort add on as the range increases. Apart from the standard features, the Style variant of the Octavia has something called the hands-free parking and a 12 way power adjustable driver seat with memory function. The safety in this variant is taken to heart with its fatigue alert system, rear side and curtain airbags and the tyre pressure monitoring system. There is also a panoramic sunroof present which operates remotely.
The Skoda Octavia 2017 is going to compete with the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra. The new Octavia is based on the MQB platform by the Volkswagen group which also highlights the forthcoming Skoda Kodiaq 7 seater SUV.
New Skoda Octavia 2017 India launch date
Skoda is expected to launch the 2017 Octavia in India on 13th July. Bookings for the car are already underway at all Skoda authorized dealerships across the country at a token amount of Rs. 25,000.
New Skoda Octavia 2017 price in India
Skoda will be making some serious feature additions with the 2017 Octavia sedan. These include a new instrument cluster with larger MID screen, LED headlamps with DRLs, and a revised infotainment system. As a result, it is highly likely that prices of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will see an increment of around Rs. 70,000, as compared to the current prices. Hence, we expect the facelifted Octavia’s price to range from Rs. 17.5 lakh to Rs. 22 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
|Variants||Expected Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Base model||Rs 17.5 lakh|
|Top model||Rs 22 lakh|
New Skoda Octavia 2017 Specifications
The new 2017 Skoda Octavia will only be a mid-life facelift. Hence, it is expected to come with only cosmetic and feature related changes, while the powertrain options are expected to be carried forward from the current model line-up, without any changes.
Petrol variants will be available with either a 1.4-litre TSI or a 1.8-litre TSI unit, while the diesel models will feature a 2.0-litre TDI power plant. A 6-speed MT, a 6-speed AT and a 7-speed DSG will be the transmission options on offer with the said models, respectively.
|Engine||1.4-litre TSI & 1.8-litre TSI||2.0-litre TDI|
|Power||148 bhp & 177 bhp||141 bhp|
|Torque||250 Nm||320 Nm|
|Transmission||6-speed AT & 6-speed MT||7-speed AT|
New Skoda Octavia 2017 Exteriors
For the 2017 facelifted model, Skoda has made some noteworthy changes on the front end of the car. These include new split-section headlights with LED DRLs, a wide grille with the new Skoda logo mounted above it, revised front bumper and larger fog lamps. Additionally, the top-end models will come with full LED illumination for the headlamps.
Side profile of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will continue to be offered with a silhouette which will be similar to the one of the current model. However, the alloy wheels will come with a new design, with a gunmetal finish. Changes on the rear end will include a new pair of taillights with LED light guides, a boot lid mounted spoiler and a slightly tweaked rear bumper.
New Skoda Octavia 2017 Interiors
Skoda will borrow the overall dashboard layout of the new Octavia from the current model itself. Hence, changes made on the facelift will be limited to a new 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted on the top of the centre console. This particular infotainment unit will be compatible with Skoda’s connect apps and will also feature navigation support.
New Skoda Octavia 2017 Rivals
Once launched in India, the new Skoda Octavia will continue to rival the following D-segment sedans: