- Expected to be based on the Skoda Scala.
- Expected to get Skoda’s updated interior with a floating centre console.
- Will get VW group’s brand new 1.5-litre TSi EVO engine.
- Sportier vRS variant could also be in the works.
At its annual press conference, Skoda announced that the next-gen Octavia will be showcased to the world by the end of 2019. Global sales for the next-gen Octavia are expected to commence in 2020, with India sales expected to begin at the same time.
Likely to be based on the recently launched Scala, the new Octavia will be underpinned by VW group’s revised MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform.
The Skoda Octavia will get a brand new face with split headlamps being replaced by triangular units from the Scala. The tail lamps are also expected to be shared between both the cars.
Skoda has showcased its future interior design approach with the Scala. It’s equipped with a floating centre console and digital dials. Expect the Octavia to take the same approach as well.
As far as engine options are concerned, the Octavia is expected to get the VW group’s brand new 1.5-litre TSi EVO engine. This engine will replace the group’s tried and tested 1.4-litre TSi. The Octavia is also expected to carry forward the 2.0-litre diesel engine with upgraded hardware to support the BSVI norms. There is no news regarding the vRS variant, but expect Skoda to treat vRS fanboys with a souped up version of the Octavia this time around too. The Skoda Octavia is also likely to get a CNG variant with a 1.5-litre TSi EVO engine.
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