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2017 Skoda Octavia - How different is it from the older generation?

2017 Skoda Octavia - How different is it from the older generation?
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 28 October 2016, 17:48 PM

The Octavia is an important brand for the Czech automaker Skoda in India and the company will be launching the new model here sometime by mid-2017. The much due upgrade is the first one since its inception in the country way back in 2013. As for upgrades, it will not get major mechanical upgrades and changes will be limited to features and cosmetic do overs.

As for the international market, the new Octavia will be offered with five petrol and four diesel engine options which will range between 1.0-litre to 2.0-litre and will generate power outputs between 84bhp to 184bhp. Along with six-speed manual, the vehicle might also be offered with a six/seven-speed DSG. As for the Indian market, we might get a 2.0-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine option. It is to be seen if the company will also offer a 1.4-litre petrol engine in its base trims.  

As seen in images, the new model is expected to come with a new 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system borrowed from the Superb sedan and a revised instrument cluster. For convenience, it offers a heated steering and folding tables for rear occupants. Skoda has also increased the number of driving aids by offering predictive pedestrian protection, blind spot detection and rear traffic alert.

For safety, the vehicle will offer airbags and ABS with EBD as standard during launch. The exterior does not get major upgrades except for new split headlamp units, revised grille, tweaked tail lamps and new wheels. The bumpers have also been revised with wide intake and new fog lamps. The new model will be introduced in India via the CKD route and more details about the vehicle will be known in the coming months. Though the new model is offered with limited upgrades, owing to its popularity and impressive performance, it will continue to find takers in the country.

 

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