Skoda, the Mladá Boleslav-based automaker, has unveiled the 2017 Octavia facelift with several updates. The 2017 Skoda Octavia would go on sale from early next year in the European markets, while India launch could be by the third quarter of 2017. Just so you know, The Octavia sedan is the company's best-selling model till date with over 5 million customers. It is pitted against the likes of Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, and Toyota Corolla Altis in the Indian market.
The front fascia is wider than before and flaunts full-LED headlamps, while the sedan rides on newly-designed 16-18 inch alloy wheels. a There is an optional electric tailgate available as well. The revision has brought new infotainment systems to the sedan range. All four – Swing and Bolero as well as the navigation systems Amundsen and Columbus – now have capacitive displays in glass design. The Columbus now features a full 9.2-inch display with WLAN hotspot and a SIM card module with an LTE speed for an ultra-fast connection to the Internet.
“The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has always been in a class of its own in the compact segment,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “As the 'heart of the brand', the Octavia has decisively shaped ŠKODA’s outstanding development from the very start, and has made the company what it is today: an internationally successful automotive manufacturer with a presence in more than 100 markets worldwide. With the now extensively revised ŠKODA OCTAVIA, we are keen to continue this development sustainably.” The 2017 Skoda Octavia has interior space of 1782mm and legroom of 73mm. The boot space, too, seems decent at 590 litres, which can be further extended to 1580 litres with folded rear seats.
The updated Octavia sedan also gets several state-of-the-art systems such as CareConnect, rear radar, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Traffic Alert. As for features, the 2017 Octavia boasts of a customizable key, which allows multiple users to save their own vehicle settings, as well as a heated steering wheel, folding tables on the back of the front seats, bottle holders which open PET bottles. Mechanically, the 2017 Skoda Octavia would be available with five TSI and four TDI engines, with displacements range from 1.0L to 2.0L. The power output range would start at 84bhp and end at 184bhp. Almost every engine would be offered with the DSG transmission with six or seven gears, in addition to manual transmission. The company would supplly all-wheel drive 4×4 for the 1.8L TSI and the 2.0L TDI variants. Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) can be availed as optional feature with three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.