Like the launch of the latest James Bond flick and the sequel to Top Gun, Skoda’s blockbuster too has been pushed ahead. The all-new Octavia set to debut around this time has been postponed indefinitely given the spike in the COVID situation.
Taking to the social platform of Twitter, Zac Hollis, Director of Sales, Service and Marketing for Skoda Auto India, announced that the decision was taken keeping in mind the health and safety of Skoda representatives, including communities of the media.
“Sometimes, it’s important to take a pause and come back stronger. We at ŠKODA AUTO have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the launch developments. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus” tweeted Zac.
The launch of the all-new Octavia is of great importance to the brand, it is the oldest running nametag for Skoda in India and has won the hearts of many enthusiasts with its understated styling, build and performance.
The all-new fourth-generation Octavia has grown in dimensions, gaining 19mm in length and 15mm in width. The front wears a sharper set of headlamps that feature a new DRL pattern, while the grille has grown bigger in size with a chrome garnish around it. The rear features new LED tail-lamps and the new Skoda insignia spread across the boot lid.
It’s the inside that breathes fresh air of modern appeal into the Octavia, including a fashionable two-spoke steering and a multi-layered dashboard that features a large, free-standing central display. There’s a new LED ambient lighting that illuminates the front doors, dashboard and footwells, and the driver can choose up to 30 RGB colors.
The new Octavia is the first Skoda ever to use shift-by-wire technology to operate the DSG. In place of the DSG lever, there is a new control module located in the centre console with a small rocker switch for selecting the drive modes as well as a button for the parking mode.
While 14 powertrain options are being offered in Europe, Skoda will be bringing in the Octavia with only one engine-transmission option, at least at the time of launch. The 2.0-litre TSI engine will power the Octavia with 188bhp and 320Nm of torque, healthy figures that are further amplified by a slick-shifting seven-speed DSG. It will rival the only competition in the segment as of now, the Hyundai Elantra.