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Skoda Octavia to receive facelift in 2017

Skoda Octavia to receive facelift in 2017
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Saturday 27 August 2016, 11:20 AM

The Octavia is the heart of Skoda’s line-up and in spite of a planned barrage of SUVs from the Czech manufacturer in near future, the Octavia will continue getting its due attention. According to Auto Express, the Octavia will get a mid-life facelift upgrade in 2017 for the European market. The new Octavia will resemble the latest Superb in terms of styling.

According to the pictures released on the internet, headlamps may be split into twin elements. While the signature front grille will be carried forward, it may become squarer and might be stacked upright for a more aggressive look. The wide air dam on the bumper will also get its edges sharpened. We have our reservations on the split headlamps especially because it isn’t something we have seen on a Skoda. The body shell will continue to be the same while the tail lamp internals might be tweaked along with the rear bumper.

While there are speculations that it may get gesture control or Skoda’s adaptation of Audi’s virtual cockpit, we are not really sure if the Octavia may get either. The creature comforts like split-zone climate control, cruise control, electric sunroof, power seats and mirrors will all be included. You will get the latest touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Bluetooth telephony et al. The safety cocoon from the current car will be carried forward to the new Octavia.

In Europe, the Octavia gets a bunch of engine options starting from the 1.0-litre TSI for the base model to the top-of-the-line 2.0-litre TSI for the RS amongst petrol engines. As for the diesel, you will have the range topping 2.0-litre TDI along with smaller engine options for the lower-spec cars. In India though, we have the 1.4 TSI, the 1.8 TSI and the 2.0-litre TDI as of now.

 

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