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Skoda likely to launch Octavia facelift in July 2017

Skoda likely to launch Octavia facelift in July 2017
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Thursday 13 April 2017, 17:32 PM

The much awaited 2017 Skoda Octavia is expected to launch in the country in July 2017. Globally unveiled last year, the new model gets fresh cosmetic upgrades while mechanically it will continue to be powered by existing engine options. Reports indicate that Skoda has stopped production for the current model and the new model will soon begin production at the current facility.

In terms of design, the 2017 Skoda Octavia will feature a new butterfly grille, new LED-powered tail light cluster lamps and a redesigned bumper with wider air intakes and new fog lamps. At the global unveiling last year, the new Octavia featured split design headlamps. However we are doubtful about its inclusion in the India-bound model this year. As for features, the vehicle might get a 9.2-inch infotainment system, climate control and memory setting. Though, the international-bound model gets a heated steering wheel, we might not be getting it here.

Mechanically, the vehicle will continue to be powered by a 1.4 TSI petrol which comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the 1.8 TSI petrol will come mated to a 7-speed DSG and 2.0 TDI diesel will get a 6-speed automatic. The new model surely looks more aggressive than before, but it is to be seen how well the automaker prices this product in India, given the price-sensitive nature of our market.

 

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