2021 Skoda Octavia launched in India, prices start at Rs 25.99 lakh

Skoda India has launched the new 2021 Skoda Octavia in India with a starting price of Rs 25.99 lakh ex-showroom. The Octavia L&K on the other hand is likely to set you back by Rs 28.99 lakh. In this new iteration the Octavia gets some autonomous safety features and some new tech under the skin.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Zac Hollis, Brand Director — SKODA AUTO India, said, “When it was introduced twenty years ago, the OCTAVIA changed the dynamics of the executive sedan segment – one that continues to offer significant growth potential, catering to a burgeoning class of discerning buyers with a penchant for luxury, as well as the right value proposition. Having retained its characteristics of design, safety, technology, performance, space, and comfort, the all — new OCTAVIA is a compelling combination and will continue to drive KODA AUTO’s success in the Indian market.”

At the heart of the fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is a 2.0-litre TSI (turbocharged stratified injection) petrol engine belting out 190bhp of maximum power and 320Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic that sends power to the front two wheels. Skoda has now introduced shift-by-wire technology in the Octavia, which is a first for the executive sedan.

The Skoda Octavia 2021 boasts of a sharper and more aggressive front with a newly-designed grille having a chrome-plated frame, narrower headlamps with bi-LED technology and LED fog lamps. The coupe-like roofline and 17-inch alloy wheels impart the executive sedan a very sporty look. The alloy wheels are differently designed for Style and Laurin & Klement variants. Like the front-end, the rear-end also looks sharp with multiple lines running across the width of the car. The SKODA moniker is displayed quite prominently on the powered tailgate. The new two-part tail lamps are LED units.

Step inside the cabin of the 2021 Skoda Octavia and the first change you will notice is the new dashboard. The car gets the new-generation virtual cockpit with an all-digital 10.25-inch instrument console, which is customisable, and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The two-spoke steering wheel with knurled scroll wheels, which we have already seen in the 2021 Skoda Superb, is present in the new Skoda Octavia also. Other prominent features worth mentioning are suede and leather upholstery, electronically-adjustable front seats with memory function, dual-zone Climatronic AC with Aircare filter, Canton sound system with 12 speakers, wireless phone charger, ambient lighting and paddle shifters.

Focus on safety and there are six airbags in the Style variant of the Skoda Octavia 2021, while the range topping Laurin & Klement trim gets eight. Electromechanical parking brake and auto hold features are standard. The executive sedan is equipped with active safety assist systems like ABS, EBD, ESC (electronic stability control), AFS (adaptive front light system), MKB (multi collision brake), MBA (mechanical brake assist), HBA (hydraulic brake assist), ASR (anti slap regulation) and EDL (electronic differential lock). To add to all this, the new Skoda Octavia also boasts adaptive headlamps and driver fatigue alert.

News Source – India Today

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