The 2017 Skoda Octavia has been launched today at an impressive 15.49 lakh starting price pan India. It will get segment busting features like 8-airbags, hands-free parking and iBuzz (which detects the driver's drowsiness). Additionally it gets an 10- colour ambient lighting, a new 8-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and Mirror link.
The new Octavia will carried forward the engines from the outgoing models and there will be no changes to the power outputs. This means that the 1.4 TFSI will make an impressive 148 hp while generating 250 Nm of torque, the 1.8 TSI will make 180 hp. The 2.0 TDi will make 140 hp and 320 Nm of twist.
The Octavia will be available with a 6 speed DSG, however, the automatic only comes as an option on the 2.0 TDI, while the 1.4 TFSI will get a 6 speed manual and the 1.8 TSI will get a 7-speed DSG automatic as standard.
The major upgrade to the interior is the new 8-inch touch screen infotainment unit set in a piano black centre console, which can sync phones using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, And Mirrorlink. It will also get BossConnect which allows you to control the interface through an app on your mobile phone.
The Octavia also gets a refreshed headlamp with the large single unit headlamps being replaced by a split unit skirted by the DRLs and the turn indicators. It might be an acquired taste but it does add to the aesthetic appeal over time.
In terms of handling characteristics the track has been widened on all models to improve mid-corner stability and high speed handling. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI have gotten wider by about 20 mm while the 1.8 TSi gets slightly more track at 30 mm.
At the rear the bumpers have been redesigned with new LED tail-lamps to add to aesthetic appeal, without losing that signature notchback look that makes the Octavia special.
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