Czech auto manufacturers, Skoda Auto have officially revealed the latest version of the Octavia in Mumbai, recently. The 2013 Octavia boasts of great roominess, high functionality and incorporation of latest technology, making it a fantastic value for money product. Skoda India also confirmed that it will be discontinue the Laura, once new Octavia is launched next-month.
The 2013 Octavia is based on the Volkswagen group’s popular MQB platform measuring 2686mm, the new Octavia will be 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the Laura. Talking about the design, the 2013 Octavia features the new family face of Skoda, equipped with the new logo of the brand. The interior styling is also absolutely new. But the rear still features the same C-shaped tail lamps.
Given the fact that the Volkswagen group owns Skoda, car enthusiasts may notice Audi genes in the design geometry of the new car. Skoda India is very confident that very soon the new Octavia will become their best-selling car in India. Their current best-selling car is Rapid compact sedan, which sells about 1200 units a month. Moving towards the price, it has not yet been disclosed by the company. Expect it to be priced in the range of Rs 14.5-18 lakh.
The interior are enriched with unnoticeable edges designed by plastic of good quality, well designed dashboard followed by eye catching features. Interiors also consists of a touchscreen multimedia system, keyless entry system, and plenty of small, clever touches, such as rubbish bins in the doors and a reversible boot floor, with carpet on one side and rubber on the other.
The 2013 Octavia is not only bigger than the current Laura, but also offers much better performance. To be offered in both petrol and diesel powered engine options. The petrol is the 1.8-litre TSI engine from the Laura which has been uprated to make 177bhp now. The diesel motor is the familiar 2.0-litre TDI unit that makes 141bhp. The petrol engine will come mated to a 7-speed DSG, while the diesel will get a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
Surprisingly, the petrol variant will not get a manual transmission option, neither will have the option of paddle shifters. Also there are rumor of a base 1.4-litre petrol engine on offer later. Mileage figures are yet to be revealed, but as per European spec model, 1.8 TSI petrol model should deliver in the range of 15 kmpl and 2.0 TDI diesel model should give 22 kmpl.
Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, ŠKODA Auto India, said –
“The ‘Octavia’ model line launched ŠKODA in the country 12 years ago and has enjoyed a cult status in India ever since. The Octavia instantly became a game changer in the segment and revolutionized the Indian automotive industry. Since then ŠKODA has come a long way in the Indian market and the Octavia has always been the heart of our brand. Now, with the new-generation Octavia, which will be introduced in India during the festival season, we promise all of this and much more.”
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