Skoda Auto India has decided to postpone the launch of its new Octavia sedan, which was scheduled to take place soon. Skoda cited the growing number of Covid-19 cases across the country and the worsening crisis that has already hit Indian carmakers.
Zac Hollis, director of Skoda Auto India, took to Twitter this morning to confirm the information that has been speculated for some time. He wrote: “Sometimes it is important to take a break and come back stronger. We at Skoda Auto have postponed the launch of the new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the evolution of the launch. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus. “
The Skoda Octavia sedan, which is one of the most popular offers from the Czech carmaker in India, recently went into production at its Aurangabad unit. The fourth generation Octavia was first introduced to global markets in 2019 and later in India.
The new generation Skoda Octavia has grown in size, promising more passenger space, with an additional length of 19 mm and a body wider than 15 mm thanks to the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform. The 2,686 mm wheelbase also promises to provide more legroom for the rear passengers.
The new Octavia 2021 has also received styling improvements, both inside and out. The grille is now wider and is flanked by conventional one-piece LED headlights. The 17-inch alloy wheels are also redesigned. The appearance of the cabin has also been restored with a revised dashboard. It has digital displays and a multifunction steering wheel with two spokes.
The 2021 Skoda Octavia is likely to be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI turbo petrol engine that will likely be paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Skoda Octavia will be able to produce around 190 hp of maximum power.
The price of the new generation Skoda Octavia Sedan is expected to be between ₹18-24 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched, it will take on rivals such as the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla Altis.