New Skoda Octavia Spotted In Sedan Avatar

  • Jul 26, 2019

Czech carmaker Skoda is reportedly testing an all-new Octavia which the company is likely to reveal later this year. While the car was earlier spotted in an estate/combination avatar under a heavy camouflage, recent images from the manufacturer’s home country suggest that the new Octavia may be launched in a sedan form.

The latest images of the 2020 Octavia have revealed a larger touchscreen infotainment display. Skoda has fitted the car with aircraft-style toggle switches below the touchscreen to control the driving modes and emergency blinkers. There are no visible air-conditioning controls on the console. The digital instrument cluster and the steering wheel seem to be retained from the current Octavia. The automatic transmission (AT) driver selector is also toggle-controlled, instead of the usual lever, like in the new Porsche 911.

The new Octavia sedan spotted testing doesn’t have the Skoda badge on the boot. It’s likely to be replaced by the Skoda lettering as in all its new models. The taillights seem to be extended on to the boot lid. The front headlamp assembly has been replaced with a single unit headlight like those in the updated Skoda Superb.

The new Octavia is expected to borrow its engine from the Superb. The car would come with a turbocharged 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engine. A 2.0-litre diesel motor is expected to be offered as an option. The engines will be mated to a manual gear system with an optional direct-shift gearbox (DSG) dual-clutch automatic transmission (AT).

The turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol motor from the current Octavia is unlikely to be carried forward to the new car. A compressed natural gas (CNG) compatible turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol motor could also be offered in the 2020 Octavia.

The current Skoda Octavia commands an ex-showroom price between ₹16 lakh to ₹26 lakh. It competes with the Corolla Altis, Honda Civic, and the Hyundai Elantra in the Indian sedan market.



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