Globally the Octavia brand came in existence in 1996, but it stepped in India in early 2002 that too in its first generation avatar. The 1st generation model had a successful run till 2010, and then after the Czech carmaker introduced the second-gen Octavia sedan.
In 2005, Skoda introduced the Laura sedan in India, which was globally launched as the 2 generation model of the Octavia. Considering the premium sedan of the car, Skoda India positioned the car above the first gen Octavia and christened it Skoda Laura. Eventually, the sad news was that they have to discontinue it in 2013 and the 3 generation Skoda Octavia took I its place in the full-size sedan space.
The Skoda Octavia is the Czech carmaker and best-selling car ever and it was just a couple of month back that the company rolled out the 1.5 million units of the third generation Octavia form its main plant in the Czech Republic.
The new 2017 Skoda Octavia is the facelift of the 3 generation model and comes with a new styling upgrades and a host of new features to suit the modern trend. The model of 2017 is built on the Volkswagen versatile MQB platform.
Visually, the updated Skoda Octavia's face is completely reconstructed with a new split-headlamp cluster and the Skoda likes to call Quadra LED headlights because it's split into four compartments. There is that signature butterfly grille at the centre along with the LED daytime running lights and fog lamps on the bumper, which is all new as well.
The cues borrowed from the New Skoda Superb which gives the Octavia facelift sharper features, which are accentuated by the bold character line, sculpted wheel arches, and some chrome highlights. The face lifted model also comes with a new set of alloy wheels. At the rear, the tail lamps are LED units as well and the rear bumper is also new.
The new Skoda Octavia is to priced in the range of 15.64 lakh to 22.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). But, now with the Goods and Service Tax known as (GST) being implemented in India, we'll have a standard ex-showroom price for the face lifted model across India. Also, considering the taxes on cars like the Octavia have gone down by 12 per cent we expect to see some attractive pricing for it.
The overall design of the cabin remains unchanged and the car still gets the dual tone light beige and black treatment. They say that, the New Skoda Octavia now comes with a new 3 spoke multi-functional steering wheel and opposed to the 4 spoke unit on the outgoing model.
There is a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen, with capacitive touch which is now better than the one on the previous model. There is Apple Car Play, And Android Auto and Mirror Link to pair your Smartphone with and a new 'Boss Connect' app helps to control the infotainment system from your rear seat.
As far as safety is concerned, the top trim of the Octavia gets 8 airbags while the base trim gets 4 airbags, which are the dual airbags up front and at the sides. ABS, EBD and traction control are standard
Under the hood of New Skoda Octavia they will continue to feature the 1.8 TSI petrol engine that gives power of 178 bhp and comes mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission, while a smaller 1.4 TSI motor which makes 147 bhp and is paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. There is also the tried and tested 2.0 TDI diesel engine that produces the power of 147 bhp and is mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission.