SKODA AUTO India TODAY unveiled the new OCTAVIA in two variants of Style and Laurin & Klement priced at Rs. 25.99 Lakh and Rs. 28.99 Lakh, respectively.
The new OCTAVIA is 4,689 mm long, 1,469 mm tall, 1,829 mm wide, and comes with a wheelbase of 2,680 mm. In the OCTAVIA’s front section is a classic robust grill, with its striking chrome frame. Following on from the grill are razor-sharp, narrower, new headlights featuring Bi-LED technology, and daytime running lights (standard). The new OCTAVIA is available in five paint schemes: Lava Blue, Candy White, Magic Black, Brilliant Silver, and Maple Brown, with the last two exclusively available at the Laurin & Klement.
The new OCTAVIA gets premium beige suede leather upholstery, gracefully complemented by chrome highlights. The multi-level dashboard has been completely redesigned and is now characterized by an elegant finish. The two-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shift and black leather gives it a strong identity of its own. You can choose from different shades of colours, called the ‘mood tiles’, or customize a colour to your liking. One can even assign a different colour palette to the dashboard and footwell. The new lighting system also assists in safety and turns red when the front doors open.
The fourth generation OCTAVIA features ‘shift by wire’ technology and electric parking brake. A rocker switch with a minimalist design, integrated into the centre console, controls and electronically conveys the gear selection to the transmission unit. The turbocharged 2.0 TSI petrol engine delivers 190 PS (140kW) of power and a peak torque output of 320Nm while delivering fuel efficiency figures of 15.81 km/l (ARAI).
The new OCTAVIA comes with 25.4 cm display infotainment system with an innovative touch slider for adjusting the volume or the map. Smartphones can be paired to the infotainment system. The premium Canton Sound system on the all-new OCTAVIA Laurin & Klement features 12 speakers, including a subwoofer, and has a power output of 600 plus watts. The Two Zone Climatronic air conditioning system, with Air Care function, enables different temperatures to be set for the front passengers. There are storage pockets and the cargo space is fitted with Velcro to stop unnecessary movement of luggage.
The OCTAVIA offers 600 litres and 1,555 litres luggage space after folding down the rear seats. The electrically-controlled 5th door opens and closes at the mere touch of the button on the remote control. The door is equipped with a Virtual Pedal enabling contact-free access. The OCTAVIA comes with a sophisticated, gesture-operated LED reading light unit, smartphone pockets on the front seat backs, a storage compartment in the front doors for an umbrella, easy open-cup holders, a pair of USB C Ports in the dashboard and Centre Console , a USB C port behind the IRVM, smart cargo elements, hooks, and net restraints for the luggage compartments, roller sun blinds, and so forth. Another “Simply Clever” feature for the all new OCTAVIA includes a funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank. The windscreens now have water ducts, which allows rainwater to drain optimally.
On the safety front, the new fourth generation OCTAVIA Laurin & Klement includes a wide range of features such as eight airbags, iBuzz Fatigue Alert and AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System). In addition, a host of security equipment and safety support functions include ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), tyre pressure monitoring system, acoustic etc among others.
The new OCTAVIA is now equipped with “MySKODA Connect” that helps one in case of an emergency with features such as Road Side assistance and SOS. It also helps keep the car secure in the owner’s absence with features like Geo fence, Time fence etc. Not only this but MySKODA Connect also offers Driving Behaviour and Trip Analysis and much more functions, which are required for daily usage.