The next-gen Skoda Octavia will see a host of cosmetic updates to the exterior and the interior. It might also come with a 48V mild-hybrid system in India.
The next-gen Skoda Octavia is slated to be revealed later this year internationally. And Indian buyers wouldn’t have to wait long to lay their hands on one as it will go on sale in India by 2020 – only months after it it’s made available in the European market. The current generation of the Skoda Octavia had been on our roads for quite some time. It was introduced in 2013 and was given an update in 2017.
The next-gen 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.
Talking about it’s design, the next-gen Skoda Octavia will take a lot of design cues from the Scala hatchback and Kamiq SUV that are sold abroad. However, 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 tail lights and the higher spec models could come with Matrix LED headlamps as well. As with all new Skoda’s, there will be no Skoda logo at the rear but a much classier ‘SKODA’ lettering across the tail gate.
On the interior, expect the dashboard layout to be much similar like we saw on the Skoda Scala. The cabin will also get more premium with better quality materials used and it will also see major additions in terms of features as well, like voice control, head-up display and soft-touch materials.
The Octavia will continue to be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Skoda is even likely to offer a 48V mild-hybrid with some of the engine options. In India, the next-gen Skoda Octavia will likely come with a 1.5L, TSI turbo-petrol engine. Skoda is also studying the feasibility of upgrading its 2.0L diesel engine which could also be introduced on the new Octavia.
The Skoda Octavia rivals the likes of the Honda Civic, the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corrola 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.