For 2017, the new Skoda Octavia facelift receives subtle changes to both exterior and interior.
Skoda will launch updated Octavia sedan in India sometime next month. While Skoda is yet to reveal launch plans, Skoda dealers have started accepting pre-orders for the sedan at a token amount of Rs 25,000. Ahead of the launch of 2017 Skoda Octavia in July, details about the sedan have gone viral on the inter-web. While we recently informed you about the cosmetic changes, additional features and mechanical bits on the new Octavia, more details have emerged lately, giving concrete details of the variants. The new Octavia will be launched in three variants-Ambition, Style and Style Plus with 1.4-litre & 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engine in manual & automatic options.
The entry level Ambition variant in the carline will get halogen headlamps with LED DRLs, fog lamps in front & rear, 16-inch alloy Velorum wheels, power-operated ORVMS with defogger on the outside. Insides will equip dual-zone climate control with rear AC vents, tilt & telescopic steering adjust, cooled glovebox, height adjust for driver’s seat, keyless entry with remote operation for windows & ORVMs. There will be a touchscreen infotainment system with SmartLink smartphone integration. Safety bits will comprise ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, front-side airbags, electronic stability control and multi-collision integration, electronic differential lock and rear parking sensors.
Positioned above Ambition, the Style grade will get adaptive LED headlamps with DRLs, auto dimming mirrors, front parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, power folding ORVMs, adjustable lumbar support for driver’s seat, height adjuster for front passenger seat, paddle shifter in AT trim, cruise control, reverse parking camera, leather seat covers and 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The range topping trim of the Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra rival will get additional connectivity, comfort and safety features in addition to the standard fitments. That said, it will feature 16-inch alloy Alcatras wheels, programmable LED ambient lighting, hands-free parking, 12-way adjustable power adjustable driver seat with memory function, ORVMs with memory function, driver fatigue alert system, tyre pressure monitoring, panoramic sunroof with remote operation, navigation system, rear side & curtain airbags.
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High maintenance cost
Slightly expensive than competition
|Minimum||Rs 17 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 22 lakh|
The current model of Octavia is priced in the range of Rs 16.76 lakh to Rs 22.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With new feature and cosmetic updates, the new version is likely to get a price bump. Keeping with the changes on the new Octavia, we expect it to fall in the price range of Rs 17 lakh to Rs 23 lakh. At this pricing, the sedan is expected to see minor price hike. Read More – Skoda Fabia SUV In The Works
Concrete details surfaced recently about the new Octavia, revealing variant-wise features and cosmetic updates likely to be seen on the sedan. While reports in media suggest an impending launch in July, Skoda is yet to make an official announcement about the same. It is to be noted that Skoda dealers have started accepting pre-orders for the new Octavia at a token amount of Rs 25,000, though deliveries are expected to start from July 2017.
With no change to the engine set up, the sedan is likely to return same fuel economy as its predecessor. That said, the entry level petrol variants with 1.4-litre engine returns 16.8kmpl opposed to the 1.8-litre TSI trims, with slightly less mileage of 14.7kmpl. Powered by the 2.0-litre oil burner, the diesel Octavia is rated at 19.3kmpl.
|Engine||1.4L TSI & 1.8L TSI||2.0L TDI|
|Power||148bhp & 177bhp||141bhp|
|Transmission||6-speed AT & 6-speed MT||7-speed AT|
Engine choices on the Octavia 2017 will include two petrol units and one oil burner. These engines will be carried forward from the outgoing model. The petrol line-up will use 1.4-litre TSI engine good for 148bhp at 4,500rpm with 250Nm torque at 1,500rpm. There will be a higher capacity 1.8-litre TSI engine also with top power of 177bhp and 250Nm of torque. Diesel engine powering the line-up will be a 2.0-litre TDI engine tuned to make 141bhp and 320Nm. Transmission options on the carline will include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic and a 7-speed DSG unit. Also Read- Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Coming To India
Most of the styling updates will be made to the front profile. It is expected that the face will receive new set of LED headlamps reminiscent of the old Mercedes Benz E-Class. Other bits such as wide and angular grille, a wider chrome slat on the air-dam, new fog lamp enclosures and reworked bumper round up the changes made to the front.
Save for the new alloy wheels, the side profile of the Skoda Octavia 2017 looks largely identical to the current model. Ditching the current 16-inch alloys, the updated version will get larger 17-inch alloy wheels. The vehicle also receives electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated blinkers.
With subtle changes to the rear, it remains largely unchanged save for the new taillamps with LED elements and minorly changed bumper.
There will be no changes in terms of proportions and it will continue sporting same dimensions. In terms of length, it will be 4,659mm long while it will have a width of 1,814mm. With a height of 1,476mm, the sedan will sit on the 2,688mm long wheelbase that translates into a large cabin. Ground clearance of the sedan will be intact at 155mm. Also Read- Skoda Rapid Facelift – All You Need To Know
Sitting on a long wheelbase, the cabin is spacious enough to seat five adults comfortably. There is enough legroom for occupants seated in front as well as rear. Similarly, it offers impressive kneeroom and headspace in both the rows. The leather seat covering looks upmarket and adds more comfort to the interior.
The 2017 Octavia will come with multiple practical storage points to keep your belongings. It gets 590-litres of boot space, good enough to accommodate 4-5 units. In addition, it will also get picnic tables (mounted at the back of the front seats), bottle holders, removable torch in the boot and customizable key settings.
The global-spec Octavia gets a 9.2-inch touchscreen display with ‘Columbus navigation system”, while the India-bound sedan will pack in a new infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and WLAN connectivity for smartphone integration.
The Skoda Octavia 2017 will be armed to the teeth with connectivity, comfort and safety bits. It will feature a new infotainment system, ambient lighting with adjustable colours, hands-free parking system, rear view camera, standard dual front and front-side airbags, ABS, EBD and ESC. In addition, it will also come with new capacitive-touch buttons on the centre console, power seat for the driver with memory function & co-passenger in select trims, rear AC vents, rear sunblind, steering mounted audio controls to name a few.
The sedan will get a spacious luggage compartment with a capacity of 590-litres, roomy enough to accommodate 4-5 units. While the 60:40 split folding rear seats will help carve more space for storing luggage. With the rear seats folded, the boot space can be expanded to 1,580-litres.
Safety brigade on the line-up will comprise standard ABS with EBD, ESC, rear parking sensors, dual front airbags and front side-airbags. Features such as tyre pressure monitoring system, hands-free parking, driver fatigue alert system, rear-side airbags and curtain airbags will be reserved for the top-spec Style Plus trim. Stopping power will be sourced from disc brakes at front and rear axles.
Currently in its third generation, the Octavia packs plethora of features across line-up. Coming from the stables of Skoda, a weak sales network could be a problem. While it demands high maintenance cost, the sedan is excellent in terms of performance and offers a roomy cabin to the occupants. Packed with high-end in-cabin tech and powered by efficient engines, the Octavia is an elegant sedan that is set to get better aesthetically. With these changes, Octavia could eat into the sales of Toyota Corolla Altis and Hyundai Elantra.
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.