Skoda Auto India, the well appreciated Czech car maker and subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, is working towards the 2013 launch of its 3rd generation Octavia sedan in the domestic passenger car market. The new vehicle is based on the Volkswagen MQB variable platform that allows variations in length, wheelbase and width. This platform allows sharing of technology between Volkswagen and Skoda for transverse, front engine front wheel drive vehicles. The current wheelbase of the upcoming model is 2688 mm, a littler less than the Volkswagen Passat. Interior space is quite generous in this vehicle, interestingly, more than the previous generation model. Moreover, fit and finish has also been improved.
On the engineering front, the new Octavia is 106 kg lighter due to the use of high strength steels, which influences its figures for performance and economy. On this yet to be launched model, industry experts are of a view that a new automatic version could also be launched to attract masses. For those individuals looking to upgrade themselves with a brand new luxury saloon, 2013 Skoda Octavia can be a great vehicle to go for. Reportedly, the Czech auto maker has been manufacturing the Octavia since 1996. In the European markets, the model is sold as a compact car. The vehicle is also available as a station wagon in European markets. However in the Indian auto market, the car was introduced during 2002.
The company had to do a lot of ground work to establish itself in India during the initial years as it faced problems with respect to availability of spare parts. But the car scored well in terms of fuel efficiency, power and torque. It slowly became a brand that was known to build strong cars, just like Tata Motors. Presently, the company has over 100 dealerships and around 90 service centres throughout the length and breadth of the country. On the competition front, the Octavia would square off against vehicles like Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra Fluidic, Honda Civic, and the Chevrolet Cruze, amid others.
Variants of new Skoda Octavia
The current 1.8 litre EA888 TSI petrol engine of Octavia will be upgraded to 175 bhp. The base petrol version of this vehicle would be powered by a 1.4 litre engine, producing a power of 140 bhp. This would be the same powertrain as is used in the Volkswagen Jetta. Similar to the versions that were on sale earlier, two diesel variants are expected to be offered to customers. These versions would use a 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine, but power outputs could be different. One could generate a power of 120 bhp and the other 150 bhp. For the future, petrol and diesel vRS variants are also anticipated. The petrol vRS may get an engine that produces power in excess of 200 bhp. A 1.6 litre diesel variant may also be in the pipeline.
The above mentioned variants are all possible variants, but India is in a strong view of getting a 1.8 TSI petrol engine, the 2.0 litre diesel engine or among any of the above mentioned possibilities. In the initial few months, the Laura and new Octavia are expected to co-exist and then the Laura is anticipated to gradually be phased out.
Review of new Skoda Octavia
Rear seats of this vehicle are really spacious with space comparable to that in a Mercedes E-Class. Legroom available is more than sufficient and the seats provide good thigh support. It can be considered as a great car for long drives, especially for the rear passengers. Cushioning of the seats has been softened significantly more than the Laura in India. Many new interesting safety systems have been added to this vehicle. A lane assistant warns drivers if the car strays out of the lane. The automatic braking system of this model will help in avoiding multiple collisions. Adaptive cruise control is also expected to be packed within the car. From the outside, headlamps and tail lamps have been changed. The car looks significantly bigger than before as it is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the Laura.
Expected Specifications of new Skoda Octavia
The upcoming 2013 Skoda Octavia is expected to feature a performance oriented engine, which will set new heights in this segment. The key specifications of the upcoming model are as follows:
| Engine || Specification || |
| Displacement || Petrol || Diesel |
| 1798 cc || 1968 cc |
| Technology || TSI BSIV Turbo Petrol Electronically controlled (direct and port) Injection || TDI BS-IV Turbo Diesel Common Rail Direct Injection |
| Brakes || Front || Ventilated Discs |
| Rear || Solid Discs |
| Tyres || Type || 205 / 55 R16 |
| Steering || Type || Power Steering |
| Transmission || Type || Manual, Automatic |
| Clutch Type || Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) Dual Clutch |
| No. of Gears || 6 Speed (MT), 7 speed (AT) |
Exterior of new Skoda Octavia
The 2013 Skoda Octavia in India will leave domestic car enthusiasts mesmerised with its modish and contemporary looks, along with a premium overall style statement. The sedan recorded impressive sales figures in its previous innings in the country, owing to its captivating sense of style and luxurious character. The Czech firm possesses a market image of an affordable yet deluxe passenger car market in the Indian automobile landscape, which explains its focus on producing visually appealing models like the Fabia, Laura, Superb and the new Octavia.
The new Skoda Octavia model looks fantastic and contemporary, besides possessing the grand presence on road of its old variant. There will be several interesting design cues incorporated in the executive sedan, such as sharp lines, curves and flaring wheel arches. The Octavia's bonnet underlines its muscular character and manages to score some great points for the stylish model's sporty attributes. However, one thing can be said that the new 2013 Octavia will look a whole lot smarter and sleek as compared to its sibling, Laura. The Octavia's new bi-xenon headlamps have been also provided with the LED daylight function, similar to those seen on in top end models of Audi, while lower trims have been fitted with halogen headlamps.
Clean lines of design along with sharp edges have been given to this vehicle. Further, the chrome grill will make the Octavia stand out amid its direct competitors. There will be also an attractive sharp front edge that runs from front headlamps to the rear headlamps of the model. The car's rear bumper looks more angular as compared to the previous models. The boot seems taller and wider than before, besides being equipped with a high volume of 590 litres. One might feel that the new Octavia's headlamps and tail lamps look slightly better and more aesthetically pleasing than the Laura model. However, the typical elements of the Skoda design language are evident and can be clearly seen on the lights. A slim central air dam and angular fitted fog lamps have been incorporated on the front bumper. Further, one can observe an upward kink in the C-pillar which adds to the dynamic flair of the vehicle. In fact, the new face of the Octavia may also be seen in an upcoming model of hatchback Fabia.
2013 Skoda Octavia is anticipated to be premium model for the Indian auto market, which will have ample space at interiors for passengers of both the rows. The exterior dimensions of yet to be launched model are as follows:
| Criteria || Dimensions |
| Length (mm) || 4658 |
| Width (mm) || 1814 |
| Height (mm) || 1461 |
| Wheelbase (mm) || 2658 |
| Ground Clearance (mm) || 139 |
| Track Front (mm) || 1543 |
| Kerb weight (kg) || 1330 |
| Cargo Volume (L) || 589 |
| Track Rear (mm) || 1514 |
Interior of new Skoda Octavia
On the inside, quality of plastics has been greatly improved as compared to the Laura. The design of the dashboard is quite uncluttered and looks appealing at the same time. A three-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls is expected to be featured within the model. Generous amount of interior space will be provided, especially for the rear seat passengers. More legroom and headroom is anticipated to be available as compared to the Laura. This is largely due to an increase of 90 mm in length and 45 mm in width. For the purpose of comfort, the air conditioner has been fitted with two-zone climatronic control and humidity sensors. These humidity sensors can detect the level of moisture in the cabin and help in levelling it as per convenience. In addition, keyless entry and a Start-Stop button will be included in the list of features for this vehicle.
Fuel Economy of new Skoda Octavia
The current 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Octavia is expected to deliver a phenomenal fuel efficiency of 19 kmpl. One would expect that the 2.0 TDI diesel engine can deliver comparable figures. It is but natural that a vehicle lighter by 106 kg as compared to its previous version would definitely be more fuel efficient. CO2 emissions are quite low at 106 g/km for the diesel variant and 141 g/km for the petrol variant.
Power of new Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia model is expected to come fitted with a 1.8 Litre TSI petrol engine that will be capable of producing a peak power output of 160 bhp, whereas the 2.0 Litre TDI diesel engine would belt out a maximum of 130 bhp. Both these engines would help the vehicle to overtake easily on city roads and highways, besides offering adrenaline pumping high speeds. The high performance engines are anticipated to take the entire competition by storm when the new Skoda Octavia will arrive at the Indian shores. Further, due to a weight reduction of 106 kg, the bigger Octavia will be able to accelerate better.
Acceleration and pickup of new Skoda Octavia
Acceleration figures and performance of the 2013 Skoda Octavia model is expected to come improved due to the significant lowering in its weight. The model accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 8.5 seconds, and further attains a top speed of 218 kmph. If India gets the much fawned upon Skoda Octavia vRS petrol model that produces more than 200 bhp of power as mentioned earlier, acceleration figures could be improved further. 320 Nm of torque is currently produced by the new Octavia.
Safety & Security of new Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia sedan has been trimmed with many definitive security features in its complete package. Apart from the standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Energy Regeneration, the model is expected to come equipped with lots of safety equipment, including a lane assistant, which informs in case the car moves into a different lane. Automatic brake system helps in preventing the occurrence of multiple collisions. Adaptive cruise control is available, along with an intelligent light assistant, which alternates between high beams and low beams. One expects that the light assistant would be very suitable while moving on highways. In addition, a traffic recognition system has also been installed, which tells drivers about speed limits, red lights and other important road signs. A driving mode selection option may also be available on the vehicle, in order to choose modes as per different road types and situations.
Comfort & Convenience of new Skoda Octavia
2013 Skoda Octavia sedan is believed to incorporate many segment defining features under its belt. The stylish model can be called the perfect blend of luxury and sporty attributes and a number of head turning credentials at its interiors and exteriors. There is adjustable power steering, sunroof, adjustable head rests at both front and rear seats and an anti glare inside rear view mirror. The model’s sophisticated suspension system allows a hassle free ride during both routine city traffic and highway conditions. Reportedly, all seats in the new Octavia will be comfortable, both for the driver and passengers. Lot of space and proper support for thighs is expected to have been provided in this car. Headroom is also quite good and tall people can also fit easily. The new car certainly promises class leading levels of comfort and convenience that are higher than the current generation model.
Wheels of new Skoda Octavia
The stylish 2013 Skoda Octavia model will come fitted with wheels of 205 / 55 R16 size, which complements its sporty design and dominating road presence. The tyres of this model make a fine grip on roads and minimize the rate of skidding significantly, in case of slippery and other dangerous surfaces. Further, the sporty alloy wheels fitted on the 2013 Skoda Octavia helps it in scoring some great points for its style and sporty quotients.
Dealers of new Skoda Octavia
Skoda India has maintained a strong network of its authorised dealerships in the country. Owing to a number of showrooms, interested buyers can easily purchase the new Octavia, post its launch in the Indian auto market. Some of the key dealers of Skoda Auto India in prominent regions of the country are as follows:
| Dealers || Location |
| Delhi || · Arshia Motors, Showroom No. 8, · Fahrenheit Automobiles Pvt. Ltd · Giriraj Motors · Jai Auto |
| Mumbai || · Autobahn Enterprises Private Limited · JMD Auto Private Limited · Senator Motors |
| Bangalore || · Tafe Access Limited · Vinayak Cars Pvt Ltd · Tafe Access Limited |
| Kolkata || · Jia Auto Sales (P) Ltd |
| Chennai || · Gurudev Motors |
Company Quotes of new Skoda Octavia
“The Skoda Octavia is the heart of the Skoda brand. It embodies the good Skoda genes in the best sense of the word: lots of room, quality, precise workmanship, mature technology, modern, timeless design, high functionality and the best price-value ratio. Our customers’ expectations have grown. Our aim was to make this car even better for its third generation. This is reflected in the values of the new Octavia- it is a class of its own,” said Skoda Chief Executive Officer Winfried Vahland.
Competition of new Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia will be pitched in an intense face off against the likes of Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra Fluidic, Honda Civic, Renault Fluence and Toyota Corolla, upon its arrival on Indian turf. Evidently, the D segment of domestic passenger car market comprises number of exciting options at the moment, which makes an uphill task for the Octavia to claim a dominant market share in the country. One of the biggest competitors to the new Skoda Octavia would have to be the Chevrolet Cruze. Not only is the car aggressive looking and delivers a great amount of power, but now it is also backed by a 3 year Chevrolet warranty. In terms of looks, the Toyota Corolla Altis seems a little dated as compared to Octavia and could offer great competition. Further, the service network of Toyota is best among the competition in this segment.
The Chevrolet Cruze is powered with a 2.0 litre, 1991 cc, 4-cylinder, inline Advanced VCDi diesel engine (Variable Geometry Turbo Common Rail Direct Injection). The engine assembly comes mated to either a six speed automatic or a six speed manual transmission system. The 2.0 litre VCDi engine churns out a peak power output of 166 bhp at 3800 rpm, along with a highest torque delivery of 380 Nm at 2000 rpm. Hence, the Cruze diesel delivers better power and torque performance than the 2013 Octavia saloon, but it must be noted that the Chevy model is offered in only a diesel powered option, whereas the Skoda model has both fuel options in its kitty. Further, both Cruze and Octavia look stunning and cater to the car enthusiasts’ penchant for visually appealing, powerful, luxurious sedans with a sporty attribute.
Skoda Octavia other rival in the Indian auto market will be Renault Fluence, which is also offered in both petrol and diesel powered variants to the domestic buyers. The petrol Fluence model comes fitted with a 2.0 litre, 4-cylinder engine that produces a peak output power close to 136 bhp, along with a maximum torque delivery of 190 Nm. The engine assembly comes mated with the cutting edge Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) II system with 6 speed manual mode, which delivers a fuel efficiency of 13.4 kmpl. Renault Fluence diesel models are powered with 1.5 litre, 1461 cc, 4-cylinder, Direct Injection powertrain rated with highest output power close to 110 bhp and peak torque of 240 Nm. The 1.5 litre engine delivers an impressive fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl. Therefore, the Skoda Octavia easily beats Fluence in terms of engine performance and a serious rivalry is definitely in the making. However, the Renault Fluence could challenge Octavia with its outright modish, contemporary and mesmerising exterior appearance.
The Hyundai Elantra Fluidic is another worthy competitor of Skoda Octavia in executive sedan segment of the domestic car market. The stunning Elantra is available in both petrol and diesel powered options in the country and is definitely one of the most futuristic looking models in its class. The Elantra petrol trim comes fitted with 1.8 litre, 1797 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, Dual VTVT, DOHC engine that churns out best power and torque equations of 148 bhp and 177 Nm, respectively. Further, the Elantra diesel variant is powered by a 1.6 litre, 1582 cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve VGT power-mill rated with highest power close to 127 bhp and 260 Nm of peak torque. Evidently, the upcoming Skoda Octavia sedan has a stiff competition in the form of Hyundai Elantra Fluidic.
Toyota Corolla Altis is also an exciting model in direct competition of Skoda Octavia in the country. The modish Corolla Altis is among the best selling products in its class and is giving other models a run for their money in terms of pricing, enticing looks and the dependable Toyota power-mills. The petrol variant of Corolla Altis generates its power from a 1.8 litre, 1794cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC Dual VVT-i engine. The Variable Valve Timing (VVT) assembly generates a peak power output close to 139 bhp at 6,400 rpm and churns out highest torque delivery of 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The diesel Corolla Altis model comes fitted with a 1.4 litre engine with a maximum power and torque rated at 88 bhp and 205 nm, respectively.
The 2013 Skoda Octavia in India will also compete against its German cousin, the Volkswagen Jetta executive sedan in terms of both price considerations and same segment. The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the most respected models of its class and has been pegged as a product of top draw German automotive engineering. The diesel variant of Jetta is powered by a 2.0 litre, 1968 cc, 4-cylinder, inline CR Turbocharged engine that churns out peak power and torque output equations of 138 bhp at 4200 rpm and 320 Nm, respectively. The engine assembly comes mated to both a 6 speed manual and a six speed automatic DSG transmission system, depending upon the model. On the other hand, petrol Jetta trim is powered with a 1.4 litre, 1390 cc, 4-cylinder, TSI Turbocharged intercooled engine, which can produce a peak power output of 121 bhp, along with a highest torque delivery of 200 Nm. It must be noted that automatic transmission system is not available in the petrol powered Jetta, which puts the needle in favour of Skoda Octavia.
Apart from the Corolla Altis there is another convincing Japanese rival to the new Skoda Octavia, in the form of Honda Civic sedan. The sporty Civic is offered to domestic car enthusiasts in just one petrol powered option and has been one of the best selling models of the segment in the past. However, the sedan's sales numbers are 'not-so' impressive at the moment, because of the lack of a diesel powered variant, which is a case common with all Honda models in the Indian auto market. The Honda Civic sedan is powered with a 1.8 litre, 1799 cc, 4-cylinder, SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine, which can produce a peak power output of 130 bhp at 6300 rpm and rolls out a highest torque of 170 Nm at 4300 rpm. Further, the i-VTEC engine assembly is mated with an option of either a five speed manual or five speed automatic transmission systems with paddle shifts. Evidently, upon its launch the Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic are going to be the sportiest executive sedans in the segment. The Octavia might have an upper hand over the Civic, because of its better power and torque performances, along with the presence of a diesel powered option.
Pros of new Skoda Octavia
The new Skoda Octavia has been designed with the best-in-class build quality than most of its competitors in the sedan segment. The interior setting looks vastly improved to go with the exteriors, while the quality of plastics is much better than before. Lesser weight means that the vehicle delivers better power and fuel efficiency than its competitors and previous generation model.
Cons of new Skoda Octavia
At present, Skoda Auto India's service network needs immense improvement as against Toyota Kirloskar Motors and Hyundai. The Czech car maker's dealership network has expanded, but it still needs to improve further. Industry experts believe that the company should provide its spare auto parts at cheaper and market compliant rates, besides should be easily available.
Conclusion of new Skoda Octavia
The new Skoda Octavia model has a tough hill to climb if it intends to reclaim its past glories in the Indian auto market. The old model was discontinued in 2010 by the Czech car maker, so as to accommodate its new and more powerful Laura executive sedan. However, the Laura failed to live up to its expectations and registered average sales in the country. Further, the presence of heavy competition in the segment played a major role in inhibiting sales of the Laura sedan.
At present, the executive sedan segment is facing some intense battle among Volkswagen Jetta, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra Fluidic, Renault Fluence and Chevrolet Cruze. Hence, the upcoming Skoda Octavia has not just the competition to beat, but also doing justice to its popular brand name in the Indian auto market. It is speculated that both the Laura and new Octavia would co-exist in the market for a short while. One wonders what strategy is being followed by Skoda Auto to give two vehicles with features at a similar price range. It could be that Skoda wishes to test the response of customers to the new Octavia for a few months first and then take a calculated decision based on results.
Skoda Auto, a Volkswagen Group owned Czech car maker, has released some details regarding its 2014 Octavia vRS model, which is expected to soon launched in the Indian auto market. Interestingly, Octavia vRS will be the first car with a Modular Transversal Tool kit, the German MQB platform in short. The ground clearance of this model is quite less when compared to Octavia, which the company claims to be 12 mm lower than the regular variants of Octavia. A combi version vRS for the European car market is also made available by the company. Putting focus on the inside of the Octavia vRS, the sporty theme of the exterior has been taken a step forward with an all black interior that comes with leather wrapped controls for steering, hand brake and gear shifter.
While the UK launch of 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS is due in July 2013, the India launch of the same is scheduled sometime in 2014 as the company plans to fit in the regular version towards the end of 2013. Skoda India has already come up with two generations of the Octavia vRS in the country and the car has been followed nicely by some car aficionados. So, the 2014 Octavia vRS promises to be the craziest of the vRS cars launched in India. Enthusiasts hope that Skoda does not replace the powerful Euro-spec motors with some unexciting version. This third generation Octavia is all set for a global launch at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month.
Engine of 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS
Speaking of the technical configuration of the upcoming Octavia vRS, it will be offered in an option of two engines, namely a 2-litre TSI turbo petrol and a 2-litre TDI turbo diesel engine. It must be noted that both of these engines are sourced from the Volkswagen Golf GTI/GTD. The 2-litre turbo petrol engine generates a maximum power of 217 bhp and peak torque of 350 Nm, while the 2-litre turbo diesel engine generates 184 bhp of highest power with 380 Nm of torque. It must be noted that both of these engines are clubbed to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Along with, a 6-speed dual clutch DSG transmission system will be offered as an option for those who want a relaxed left leg.
Performance of 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS
In terms of fuel economy, there is a 19 per cent improvement in the engine of 2014 Octavia vRS over the previous versions of the Octavia vRS. The petrol driven Octavia vRS sprints to 100 kmph from 0 kmph in mere 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 248 kmph. Inspite of the torque advantage, the Octavia vRS in diesel variant accelerates slower, taking 8.1 seconds to hit 100 kmph mark, while the top speed is also lower, fixed at 232 kmph. Overall, the 2014 Octavia vRS is swifter than its second generation version.
In order to cope with the extra power and torque of the 2014 Octavia vRS, the Skoda's engineering team have worked to provide more feel in the steering while replacing the stock suspension of the regular Octavia with the sports units for the RS. An electronic differential lock works in accordance with the ESP to keep under steering to a minimum at tight corners.
Exteriors and interiors of 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS
In terms of looks, the 2014 Octavia vRS offers a range of enhancements and modifications. The front end has a renewed RS badge highlighted on the grille, the front bumper has witnessed a tweak, the fog lamps are based on LED lights and headlamps have welcomed a bi-xenon treatment. The 2014 Skoda Octavia vRS happens to be a car that has refined looks, enhanced dynamics and performance of its standard versions. Industry experts are of a view that a special credit must be given to the vRS treatment, which has been provided to the upcoming model. The alloy wheel come along with a design, while the rear end gets sporty looking spoiler, new exhaust tips and a diffuser to complete the RS treatment. The pedals and sill plates get a stainless steel finish and the RS logo is embossed on various part of the car's interiors.