Ahead of launch, 2021 Skoda Octavia sedan spied testing
Skoda is planning to launch its Octavia sedan in India early next year. In the latest development, an undisguised test mule of the car has been spotted plying on the roads. The new Octavia will come with an all-LED lighting setup, 17-inch 'Rotare Aero' alloy wheels, and a premium cabin featuring a head-up display enabled with internet connectivity. Here's our roundup.
2021 Skoda Octavia: At a glance
Based on the company's MQB platform, the 2021 Skoda Octavia will be longer and wider than its predecessor. It will feature a vertical slat grille, a sculpted muscular bonnet, and LED headlights with DRLs. On the sides, the sedan will be flanked by blacked-out B-pillars, body-colored ORVMs, and 17-inch 'Rotare Aero' alloy wheels. Moreover, it will have a wheelbase of 2,688mm.
Power and performance
The 2021 Octavia is likely to be offered with two BS6-compliant engine options including a 190hp, 2.0-liter TSI turbo-petrol engine, and a 150hp, 1.5-liter TSI mill. The transmission duties will be handled by a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
A peek inside the cabin
The 2021 Octavia will have a black and beige cabin with three-zone climate control, leather seats, a multifunctional steering wheel, and a wireless smartphone charger. The sedan will also house a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument console and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment panel with support for an eSIM, gesture control, a digital assistant. For safety, it will offer nine airbags and an anti-collision system.
What about the pricing?
The 2021 Skoda Octavia is expected to be launched in India sometime between January and March 2021 and should be priced in the range of Rs. 20-25 lakh. Once launched, it will take on Toyota Camry, Honda Civic, Volkswagen Passat, and Hyundai Elantra.