2020 Skoda Octavia will be available in various petrol and diesel engines. For India, we expect a 1.5L TSI engine with 48V mild hybrid and an updated BS6 2.0L diesel engine.
The 2020 Skoda Octavia is set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year and it looks like the interiors of the upcoming car have been spotted before the unveiling.
We have a fair shade of idea of how the exteriors of 2020 Skoda Octavia looks but the interiors receive a whole lot of revamped design. Except for the steering wheel, virtual cockpit and the stalks which are a direct lift from the current-gen Octavia, everything else is changed.
For starters, the centre console of the car gets a large touchscreen infotainment system which is likely to receive the connected car technology just like the Superb facelift. Online navigation and live traffic updates can be known from the e-SIM embedded in the system.
The physical HVAC buttons are now gone and can be controlled via the touchscreen infotainment system. The gear lever is replaced with the aircraft styled lever and the sedan also features toggle switches which control the hazard lights, driving modes, electronic parking brake and among others.
Talking about the design of the car, 2020 Skoda Octavia will be based on an updated version of Volkswagen’s MQB platform. It will also be larger than the outgoing car and will continue to be offered in the sedan and estate body styles. The design will be pretty much like a conventional sedan and it will also continue with the large rear hatch opening like we see in the current-gen car.
On the outside, the split headlights we see in the current-gen car is not likely to continue and the grille will be sharper and sleeker. The new Octavia will also feature all-LED headlights and taillights and the higher-spec models could come with Matrix LED headlamps as well. Skoda Logo is ditched at the rear but a more premium SKODA lettering will be seen across the tailgate.
The powertrain for the 2020 Skoda Octavia will see a range of petrol and diesel engines. Also on the offer will be a plug-in hybrid engine from the Superb IV. For India, we expect the 1.5-litre TSI which is offered with 48V mild hybrid engine and Skoda is also thinking to upgrade its 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine to BS6 compliance.
The Skoda Octavia rivals the likes of the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla Altis in the segment of executive sedans. However, by the time the new Octavia makes it to our shores, the Toyota Corolla Altis could very well be discontinued which means the Octavia will rival the other two.