The Skoda Octavia is expected to be revealed in its notchback form in November before its official launch in India at the end of 2020.
Launched in 2013, the Skoda Octavia received a mid-life facelift in 2017. However, it is starting to become outdated in comparison with other modern vehicles in the same segment. Zac Hollis, sales, service and marketing head of Skoda India, has confirmed that the new-gen Skoda Octavia will start to go on sale in India in 2020. Although the car was initially expected to be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt motor show; however, recent reports have indicated that the new Octavia will make its debut on November 11, 2019.
The new Octavia is expected to be underpinned by an upgraded version of the MQB platform of Volkswagen Group, which means that the new car will measure slightly greater in the dimensions in comparison with the outgoing model. The new car will also come with a new styling, which is harmonious with the new design philosophy of the Czech carmaker which is also adopted for the new global-spec Scala and Kamiq. Some of the new exterior updates include a more traditional headlamp layout and a wider grille.
The new Octavia is expected to feature a new design language.
As regards the interior, the new Octavia will come with a thoroughly upgraded cabin. One of the most notable updates is the two-spoke driving wheel, which bears a strong resemblance to that on the Skoda Vision X concept which made its debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show. The sedan will also feature a simplified dashboard with a fully digital instrument cluster and a floating infotainment system. The air conditioning vents have now got a new location: under the infotainment system.
The cabin will also receive a thorough update.
The new-gen Octavia is expected to receive its power from only the 1.5-litre TSI turbo gasoline burner. This new motor is likely to be paired with two transmission options: a 6-speed MT and a 7-speed DCT which are carried over from the previous model.
The new-gen Skoda Octavia will compete against the Honda Civic and the facelifted Hyundai Elantra which has recently been launched. The Czech automaker is also expected to introduce it’s the Skoda Karoq by mid-2020.