For 2017, the new Skoda Octavia facelift receives subtle changes to both exterior and interior.
Skoda, the Czech automaker is gearing up for the launch of the updated version of the Octavia sedan in the Indian market. If media reports are to be believed, the new Skoda Octavia 2017 will go on sale in the country by mid-2017. The Czech automaker released a teaser video of the sedan, followed by a set of official images in October last year. The sedan is currently on testing phase in India, indicating towards near launch. The India-spec model will borrow its front face from the global-spec model.
For 2017, the Octavia will see both exterior and interior upgrades. Mechanically, however, the sedan will remain unchanged. Similar to the current model, the facelifted model will be assembled locally at the carmaker’s Aurangabad-based plant in Maharashtra. Talking about design upgrades, the sedan will get new quad-shaped LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, revised front and rear bumper, new alloy wheels and re-profiled tail-lamps. Inside, the car gets a new 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting package, foldable picnic tables, heated steering wheel and a removable torch in the boot. Read More – Skoda Kodiaq SUV Launch, Specs & Price
Powertrain options for the sedan will include a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, a 1.8-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. Transmission options to be on offer include a 6-speed manual, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic unit and a 6-speed automatic. With updated model, the sedan will take on the likes of Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.
Previous year, the Czech automaker announced 4 new products for the Indian market including Kodiaq, Octavia RS, Rapid Monte Carlo Edition and new Octavia. The company is yet to announce the exact launch details of the sedan, but media reports suggest that the Octavia’s new model will be rolled out by mid-2017. We will update you on the same as soon as Skoda announces its launch date.
|Minimum||Rs 17 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 22 lakh|
Currently, the saloon comes within the price range of Rs 16.76 lakh – Rs 22.80 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Since the facelifted model will brim with lots of new features along with subtle cosmetic updates, we expect it to be slightly more expensive than the current model. The 2017 Octavia prices in India are likely to fall between Rs 17 lakh (for base variant) – Rs 23 lakh (for top-end model). Read More – Skoda Fabia SUV In The Works
|Engine||1.4L TSI & 1.8L TSI||2.0L TDI|
|Power||148bhp & 177bhp||141bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed AT & 6-speed MT||7-speed AT|
For new Octavia facelift, mechanics of the sedan will remain the same. That means, the sedan will continue to be offered in two petrol and one diesel engine – a 1.4-litre TSI petrol, a 1.8-litre TSI petrol and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel. While the smaller capacity gasoline unit churns out a maximum power output of 148bhp at 4,500rpm and a peak torque of 250Nm at 1,500rpm, the 1.8L unit is good for 177bhp of maximum power and 250Nm of torque.
On the other hand, the diesel engine is capable of producing a maximum power output of 141bhp and a peak torque of 320NM. For performing transmission duties, the sedan will come with 3 gearbox options – a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed DSG automatic. Also Read- Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Coming To India
Currently, the base petrol version delivers a claimed mileage of 16.8kmpl, while the 1.8-litre TSI unit gives 14.7kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel version of the Octavia offers fuel economy of 19.3kmpl.
The comprehensive design updates have been made on the front fascia of the car. Now, it has been styled aggressively with slightly revised front grille, redesigned bumper with wide intake and new fog lamps. Though, the major change comes in the form of LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. Save for the new alloy wheels, the side profile of the sedan looks largely identical to the current model. Towards the rear, the updated Octavia gets re-profiled tail-lamps with LED elements and a slightly revised rear bumper. Also Read- Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
With several new features and slightly revised dashboard, the 2017 Skoda Octavia looks more up-market than the current model. The global-spec version of the saloon comes equipped with a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen display with “Columbus navigation system”, while the India-spec model might come with a “Bolero” infotainment system.
The centre console features new capacitive-touch buttons, which further enhances its functionality. Other key features include ambient lighting package, foldable picnic tables (mounted at the back of the front seats), heated steering wheel, bottle holders, customizable key settings and a removable torch in the boot.
With subtle design updates, the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will look quite refreshing and premium than before. The cabin, too, will be revised with a bunch of new features.