Next-gen Octavia will be underpinned by the VW Group’s MQB platform and will go on sale by 2020-end.
Next-gen Skoda Octavia launch will take place in India within 2020 after the car is launched in the European markets as confirmed by company officials. Like the current model, the next-gen Octavia will also be underpinned by the versatile MQB platform. Indian car buyers will not have to wait for long as the vehicle will be revealed later this year and will go on sale eventually after a few months.
The coming generation of the Octavia will sit on a slightly tweaked version of the MQB platform that will result in a slightly larger car than the current model. The car will be also offered with estate and notchback body styles in the foreign market and will retain the large rear hatch opening.
The upcoming sedan is likely to miss out on the split-headlamp set-up that caught a lot of attention upon launch. The latest offering is set to go along with the latest Skoda design patterns as we see on the Kamiq SUV that’s being sold in the international market.
This might also include the replacement of Skoda emblem with the Skoda lettering at the back. Like the recently revealed Skoda Superb, the Octavia is also set to come with LED lights on all models. The higher-spec variants might come equipped with the same Matrix LED headlight set-up that we saw on the 2020 Superb.
Skoda is expected to equip the Octavia with head-up display, voice control, soft touch panels and many other premium and better-quality materials on the inside.
The new Octavia will come with multiple petrol and diesel engine options that will be sold globally. The Czech brand might also offer a 48V mild-hybrid system on a few engine options. In the Indian market, Skoda is likely to equip the Octavia with a 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine and the company is also looking at the affordability to upgrade the 2.0-litre oil burner to comply with the BS6 norms.
The next-gen Octavia will stack up against the new Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla if it remains in the Indian market till the Octavia makes its debut.
2020 Skoda Octavia Launch
– The car will be based on the updated MQB platform
– It might come with a 48V mild-hybrid system
– Skoda will sell the car in various petrol and diesel engine options globally