Skoda Auto, a completely owned division of Volkswagen Group, has a surprise for sedan lovers in form of the third generation Octavia, which will be placed in the executive sedan segment of the Indian auto market. With the launch of a new model, the upper economy segment is hoping to experience a step change. The upcoming Octavia is expected to receive a good response from Indian car buyers, as the sedan will be offering class leading comforts with strong performance and mileage at an acceptable price.
It must be noted that the latest generation Octavia was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will be now headed towards the Indian auto market. At present, the Indian auto market is dominated by giants like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai India, and thus, making a niche in this competitive space would require a good amount of homework. With the launch of 2013 Skoda Octavia, the German auto maker will be replacing the Laura sedan, to carry on the same badge as the international moniker. Post launch, the car also compete with the likes of the powerful Chevrolet Cruze, a sedate Corolla and the recently launched Hyundai Elantra in fluidic guise.
Industry experts are of a view that Skoda will be offering 1.8 litre TSI engine, producing 160 bhp of maximum power and a 1.4 litre TSI producing 140 bhp of highest power for the petrol variants. The diesel engine option will house a 2.0 litre TDI motor producing around 160 bhp of peak power output. It must be noted that the new Octavia is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the Laura, which clearly indicates that it has much more space than the latter.
The fit and finish on the inside of upcoming Octavia has also been stepped up. The quality of plastics is improved for the most part and the neat and simple design of the dashboard is quite appealing. Boot space of the car is expected to measure at a generous 590 litres, which will make it a good model to embark on long trips. It must be noted that the launch of new Octavia could prove to be game changer for the auto maker in the Indian market.