Skoda India has been around for more than a decade now, but it has not been able to make its presence felt tangibly. There hasn’t been a consistent rise in sales number even after the induction of visually appealing models. Skoda cars are indubitably the most well stuffed cars in terms of equipments, however in terms of visibility Skoda still lags behind competitors despite offering well-nigh impeccable products. One of the most probable reasons for its snail paced sales could be the high pricing that it needs to work on (for the Indian market). Among the various products that it offers in India, Skoda Octavia saloon is a well received vehicle that is referred as one of the potential threats in its segment. And why not, it has a lot in its kitty barring competition to dent its popularity.
Fresh tweaks up its sleeve:
As for the saloons’s popularity is concerned, it is well renowned and highly in demand in international markets also. Skoda on the other hand has new plans for its range, the Czech auto giant is working towards adding new SUV range to its line-up and hence to keep abreast with its fresh models, the company is evaluating options to overhaul Octavia saloon. Presently, there is no update whether this tweaked model will come to India or not, but considering the trend followed so far, an updated version could be launched in India as well. Nothing concrete has emerged so far on the facelifted version except for a few key changes most likely to be done on the exteriors. On the outside expect small squarish LED head lights featuring LED daytime running light to be housed. Rear could feature slightly modified C-shaped tail lights. As compared to external changes, internal revivifications could be subtle primarily focusing on the gadgets aboard. While interior styling is likely to remain similar to the outgoing model.
A new addition in India line-up:
Just before the onset of festive season in India, the local arm of Czech auto maker, Skoda has rolled out a new variant of the premium saloon. Dubbed ‘Skoda Octavia Style Plus’ the variant sits at the top of the model series. The new top-spec variant is available in diesel and petrol engine choices deriving power from 2.0 litre TDI (141 Bhp/320 Nm) and 1.8 litre TFSI (178 Bhp/250 Nm) engines respectively. The anniversary edition variant flaunts additional equipment such as engine keyless entry, engine start-stop button, two rear airbags, Smartlink mobile phone connectivity system and paddle shifters. Other than these, the anniversary edition features some key equipments like bi-xenon AFS head lamps in front, multi-collision braking and tyre pressure monitoring in the petrol avatar. Diesel version on the other hand highlights few other advanced fitments such as panoramic electric sunroof, LED daytime running lights, electronic stability control, 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat and dual-zone Climatronic AC.
What makes it better than rivals?
The premium D segment is overcrowded with a string of options available for customers to choose from, here is a quick round up as to what makes Skoda Octavia stand out amid competition. Starting from the outer dimensions, Octavia measures longest and widest at 4,659mm and 1,814mm respectively. Even the luggage compartment offers best in class space of 590 litres which implies generous space for storing luggage. Gunning straight against the likes of Volkswagen Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla, Renault Fluence and Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia stands tall offering various progressive features. Engine choices include two petrol and one diesel engines, the 105 kW 2.0 litre TDI CR diesel powertrain gets six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options. Petrol variants are available in two engine options, one is the low displacement 1.4 TSI mill engendering 103 kW and the other is the 132 kW 1.8 TSI gasoline engine. The former comes linked to a six-speed manual gearbox and latter is coupled to a seven-speed automatic tranny. Apart from being efficient in terms of performance, the engine-line-up powering Octavia range is altered to yield high fuel economy. Leading amid rivals in this front, manual version of diesel Octavia delivers 20.6 kmpl followed by its automatic version claimed to return 19.3 kmpl. The company has recently inducted Octavia saloon in Nepal where it is available in two variants, namely Ambition manual and Elegance automatic.
Source : – AutoPortal