Skoda’s gift to India, the Laura sedan, a local Octavia in many senses is also soon going to be a gonner. The ongoing economic slowdown has hurt buyer sentiment, and a number of automakers are depending on variants of popular car types and no fringe options, slotting bestsellers as premium, and budget simultaneously.
However, Skoda certainly isn’y bogged dow by pressures of immedetae sales volume increasing tactics. Their focus is certainly on bigger cars, namely sedans in India. The new third generation Skoda Octavia has been revealed and is well timed to take advantage of the upcoming festive season. Based on the Volkswagen MQB variable platform measuring 2686mm, the new Octavia will be 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the Laura, which will naturally contribute to better internal space as well as additional space in its boot.
Sitting on 205/55 R16 tyres, the new Skoda Octavia will be offered in both petrol and diesel guises with the petrol engine being a 1.8 liter TSI that will now offer 177 bhp. The 2.0 liter TDI engine offers 141 bhp with both engines mated to a 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox. A 1.4 liter petrol engine may also be offered as an option once the Octavia is launched.
Skoda Octavia has been a game changer ever since it was launched in the country 12 years ago. Proving to be an important car for the Indian consumer, the company has sold a total of 4 million Skoda Octavias to date and have a target to increase this count to at least 1.5 million per annum by 2018 as the company strives for a leading position in this segment. Once launched, the new Skoda Octavia will compete with products like Hyundai’s Elantra, Toyota’s Corolla Altis, Volkswagen’s Jetta and Chevrolet’s Cruze.