We are at the launch of the new Skoda Octavia and indeed today it is a big day for Skoda as it is bringing the Octavia name back into the Indian market after a long absence. Skoda first came into India with the Octavia which established the brand name and today Skoda hopes the new Octavia will catapult Skoda back to the top of the charts in the midsize luxury sedan space.
Make no mistake this is an all new model and it is a sea change over its predecessor be it in areas of styling, features or even engines. Speaking of which the new Octavia will get a 141 bhp 2.0 diesel engine and 177 bhp 1.8/ 138 bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engines.
The base petrol gets only a manual gearbox while the diesel and top of the line 1.8 TSI get an automatic gearbox. The diesel also has an option of a manual but the 1.8 TSI only gets a 7-speed auto (diesel has an option of a 6-speed auto).
The interiors are luxurious and it has more space than before which shows how Skoda has made sure that the new Octavia ticks all the boxes!
Updates from the launch:
1. Three trim levels- Active, Ambition and Elegance
2. Three engine options- 1.4 TSI petrol, 1.8 TSI petrol and 2.0 diesel
3. Elegance Trim in petrol only with 1.8 TSI
4. 1.4 TSI is available in Active and Ambition trims
5. Automatic Diesel available in Ambition and Elegance trims
6. Efficiency- Octavia 1.4 TSI- 16.81 kmpl, Octavia 1.8 TSI AT- 14.72 kmpl, Octavia 2.0 TDI AT- 19.28 kmpl, Octavia 2.0 TDI MT-20.61 kmpl
Prices (ex-showroom Delhi):
Active 1.4 TSI (Petrol) Rs. 13.95 lakh
Ambition 1.4 TSI (Petrol) Rs. 14.95 lakh
Elegance 1.8 TSI AT (Petrol) Rs. 18.25 lakh
Active 2.0 TDI CR (Diesel) Rs. 15.55 lakh
Ambition 2.0 TDI CR (Diesel) Rs. 16.55 lakh
Ambition 2.0 TDI CR AT (Diesel) Rs. 17.55 lakh
Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT (Diesel) Rs. 19.45 lakh
Talking about the return of the Octavia to India, Mr. Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, Skoda Auto India said, “The Octavia had launched ŠKODA back in 2001 and today the Indian market is a critical component in ŠKODA’s global plans. The launch of the new Octavia marks a milestone for ŠKODA India as well reiterates its strong commitment to the Indian market. We, at ŠKODA are excited to launch the new Octavia and are confident that it will revolutionize its segment compelling the customers to expect more. Octavia’s arrival into the Indian market also kicks off a five year strategy for ŠKODA which will make the customers the brand’s primary focus in addition to our long-standing reputation for making great products.”
Skoda has also launched an ownership package for the new Octavia which includes Skoda’s Road Side Assistance; Service & Maintenance Packages; and an Extended Warranty programme. The customers can also opt for a service cost calculator which has been developed to ensure that they have an idea about their service bill beforehand.