Fourth-Generation Skoda Octavia Gets Plug-In Hybrid For 1st Time

New Skoda Octavia

New Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is one of the most successful nameplates for the automaker and the vehicle has just entered its fourth generation (since the nameplate's resurrection in 1996) making its global debut at a special event in Prague, Czech Republic.

The latest edition of the Skoda Octavia gets innovative full LED matrix headlights, each containing a module for low beam and high beam.

It gets numerous powertrain options globally, but only a few are expected to arrive in India.

When we look inside the auto, we find a 10.25 inch digital dashboard in tablet form.

Just like every cyclical generation update, the Octavia is bigger, comes with revamped styling, a well-appointed interior and a lengthy feature list.

The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia has finally been unveiled and it looks sharper than before. The fourth generation Skoda Octavia comes with a new design direction and new tech with a wide range of powertrain options. The rear end looks a lot different when compared to the previous generation model with a swooping roofline, new rear bumper, new L-shaped LED taillamps and a new bootlid.

And yes, while technically the Octavia is a liftback, its main rivals have always been the likes of the VW Jetta, Ford Focus Sedan, Renault Megane Sedan, Honda Civic Sedan, Mazda3 Sedan, Toyota Corolla Sedan - well, you get the picture.

Being a Skoda, the new Octavia also comes packed with what the brand calls "Simply Clever" features.

The interior is noticeably classier than its predecessor, with an abundance of soft-touch materials, a touchscreen infotainment display in the centre of the dash (available in sizes from 8.25 to 10 inches) and LED ambient lighting. Recently, Hyundai launched an updated version of the Elantra in the Indian market and Honda also launched the new Civic earlier this year. For the first time, it is also equipped with a head-up display. The automatic version of the model also gets a small selector in place of the gearshift lever with the adoption of shift-by-wire tech that is shared with the new Volkswagen Golf.

In keeping with the times, Skoda is also offering three hybrid variants, including two mild hybrids and a 150kW plug-in variant that achieves an all-electric range of up to 55km on the WLTP cycle. The transmission can be six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG.

Also on offer are two plug-in hybrid "iV" variants of the 2020 Octavia. Expect Skoda Octavia prices to be in the Rs 20-30 lakh bracket. The engine options will include a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, a 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and a non-hybrid 2.0-litre TSI engine. Out of these, only the diesel engine is likely to be offered in the India-spec Octavia. There's a host of safety systems including collision avoidance assist, turn assist and a local traffic warning function. Climate control is in the hands of the three-zone automatic air-conditioning.

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