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Skoda Octavia

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

Technical Specifications

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:

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