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Bookings start for 2017 Skoda Octavia

Bookings start for 2017 Skoda Octavia
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 05 May 2017, 19:30 PM

Skoda dealers in the country have started accepting bookings for the 2017 Octavia ahead of its anticipated launch in June 2017. Booking amount for the new model is estimated to go up to Rs 1 lakh. An official announcement from the automaker in this regard might only be forthcoming by the end of this month. Mechanically the vehicle will continue to be powered by existing engine options, and any changes made will be limited to cosmetic upgrades.

In terms of design, the 2017 Skoda Octavia gets a revised signature butterfly grille and new split headlamps with LED DRLs. The front bumper has been tweaked with strong bold lines, a wide airdam and a chrome strip running along the width along with horizontal LED foglamps on either side. The sides get revised ORVMs and new alloy wheels. At the rear, the new model also gets new LED taillamps and a revised boot lid. As for the interior, although most of it is likely to remain as the current version, the new model will get a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and improved upholstery.

Under the hood, the new Skoda Octavia will be available in petrol as well as diesel engine options. The petrol version will be offered in two engine options - a 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine that generates 178bhp of power and 250Nm of torque and a smaller 1.4-litre TSI petrol that generates 148bhp of power. The bigger petrol engine will come mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission, while the smaller one will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The diesel version will get a 2.0-litre TDI engine that will be mated to a six-speed DSG transmission.

Skoda Octavia has been a popular choice in the premium sedan segment in the country and post launch of a new model, it will surely find a lot of takers. Known for impressive performance and driving dynamics, the new Octavia if priced right, will emerge as a considerable contributor to overall sales.  

 

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