Skoda India had launched Octavia in 2002 in India and now the company is all set to introduce a facelifted version of it tomorrow, on 13th July 2017. Dealerships have already started accepting the bookings of the car at an initial amount of Rs 51,000. The facelifted Octavia will get a host of updates on the outside as well as inside the cabin. It is also expected that Skoda might bring the sportier version Octavia vRS later during the year. The Octavia vRS will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that produces 230 hp of power. It will get the stiffer suspension setup, new quad headlamp design and larger alloy wheels compared to the standard model. Since the facelifted Skoda Octavia is being introduced during the GST or Goods and Services Tax roll out, it is highly likely that it may be priced equal to or below the outgoing model. The facelifted Octavia will be offered in three trims, Ambition, Style and Style Plus.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia will get the major updates up front such larger air intakes, LED quad-headlamp setup with DRLs. At the rear, the car gets a new bumper with LED tail lamps and 17-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the changes to the design are minimal, but, the facelifted Skoda Octavia will be comparably different to look at.
The facelifted Skoda Octavia will be powered by the existing three engine options, a 1.4 -litre TSI petrol, a 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit. The 1.4-litre unit produces 148 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque mated to 6-speed manual transmission, while the 1.8-litre petrol engine will develop 180 hp of power but will be mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre diesel engine will churn out 140 hp of power and 320 Nm of torque mated to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission.
Inside the cabin, the facelifted Octavia will get major updates such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system which supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Other features inside the cabin include 3-spoke steering wheel with mounted controls for audio, phone as well as cruise control and a piano black finish at the centre console. The 2017 Octavia will continue to get a panoramic sunroof and cooled glovebox and will also come with Auto Park feature, as well as ambient lighting, however, these would be available only on the higher versions of the premium sedan.
In terms of safety, the 2017 Octavia will get eight airbags ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) and brake assist. It will also come equipped with driver aids such as driver fatigue detection system, rear view camera and Hill assist.